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  • Ben OkriA Selective Bibliography


Flowers and Shadows. Harlow: Longman, 1980.
The Landscapes Within. Harlow: Longman, 1981.
The Famished Road. London: Jonathan Cape, 1991.
Songs of Enchantment. London: Jonathan Cape, 1993.
Astonishing the Gods. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995.
Dangerous Love. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1996.
Infinite Riches. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1998.
In Arcadia. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2002.
Starbook: A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration. London: Rider & Co, 2007.
The Art of Magic. London: Head of Zeus, 2014.

Short Stories

“In Another Country.” West Africa 20 Apr. 1981: 873-75.
“Fires Next Time Are Always Small Enough.” West Africa 25 Apr. 1983: 1020-1021.
Incidents at the Shrine. London: Heinemann, 1986.
“A Prayer from the Living.” New York Times 29 Jan. 1993: A27.
Stars of the New Curfew. London: Secker & Warburg, 1988.
“A Bizarre Courtship.” Granta 43: Best of British Novelists 2 1 Mar. 1993.
“In the Land of Beginnings.” PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers 6. Issue on Metamorphoses (2005).
“Mysteries.” Sunday Times 5 Apr. 2009: 62-63, 65.
Tales of Freedom. London: Rider & Co, 2009.


An African Elegy. London: Jonathan Cape, 1992.
Mental Fight: An Anti-Spell for the 21st Century. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1999.
Wild. London: Rider & Co, 2012.
“Diallo’s Testament.” National Portrait Gallery 2 June 2013.
“A New Dream of Politics.” Guardian 12 Oct. 2015.


“Soyinka: A Personal View.” West Africa 27 Oct. 1986: 2249-50.
Birds of Heaven. London: Phoenix House, 1996.
A Way of Being Free. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1997.
A Time for New Dreams. London: Rider & Co, 2011. [End Page 1004]
“The Missing Girls of Chibok Will Determine Nigeria’s Fate.” Guardian 5 June 2014.
“A Mental Tyranny Is Keeping Black Writers from Greatness.” Guardian 27 Dec. 2014.
“The Spirit of Africa’s People Will Transform the Continent.” Guardian 7 Sept. 2015.

Awards & Recognitions

1987 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book) for Incidents at the Shrine
1987 Paris Review / Aga Khan Prize for Fiction for The Dream Vendor’s August
1991 to 1993 Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts Trinity College, Cambridge
1991 Booker Prize for The Famished Road
1993 Chianti Ruffino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize for The Famished Road
1994 Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy) for The Famished Road
1995 Crystal Award (World Economic Forum)
1997 Honorary Doctorate of Literature, awarded by University of Westminster
2000 Premio Palmi (Italy) for Dangerous Love
2001 Order of the British Empire (OBE)
2002 Honorary Doctorate of Literature, awarded by University of Essex
2004 Honorary Doctor of Literature, awarded by University of Exeter
2008 International Literary Award Novi Sad (International Novi Sad Literature Festival, Serbia).
2009 Honorary Doctorate of Utopia, awarded by University voor het Algemeen Belang, Belgium
2010 Honorary Doctorate, awarded by School of Oriental and African Studies
2010 Honorary Doctorate of Arts, awarded by University of Bedfordshire
2014 Honorary Fellow, Mansfield College, Oxford

For a complete list of primary and secondary sources, please consult the bibliography compiled by Daria Tunca (University of Liège, Belgium): [End Page 1005]



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