Safe House

Explorations in Creative Nonfiction

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey


  • Dundurn
  • Toronto
  • 2016
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages


In a collection that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage and meditative essays, editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has brought together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.


Not so much timely as long overdue, this collection of essays and short memoirs directs the focus inward, leaping from blade-sharp observations of contemporary life around the African continent to a striking consideration of the continent’s cultural and political future. Safe House transports the reader beyond the tired narrative of news reports through individual stories and into worlds of hidden complexities. Stimulating reading. - Aminatta Forna


Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is the former deputy editor of Granta, and a freelance editor and critic.