Series Name

Search Sweet Country

Part of the African Writers Series

Publication Date
September 2011

A brilliant novel from Ghana portraying a crucial period in the nation's history.

Set in 1970s Accra, this inventive and intense first novel by Kojo Laing provides an insight into aspects of a Ghanaian society caught in transition between tradition and modernity.  Examining the beliefs, ideals and aspirations of a selection of those who make up the country (which include a politican, a professor, a farmer and a bishop) like a skilful bartender Kojo Laing has created a heady cocktail in Search Sweet Country that will not fail to stimulate the reader's mind.that will not fail to stimulate the reader's mind.

With an introduction by Binyavanga Wainaina…

A Caine Prize winner in 2002, Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan author and journalist. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Kwani, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and National Geographic. He contributes regularly to South Africa’s leading newspaper the Mail & Guardian. He is currently director of the Chinua Achebe Center at Baird College.


Kojo Laing is renowned Ghanaian poet and novelist. His first two novels - Search Sweet Country and Woman of the Aeroplanes - were first published by William Heinemann in the 1980s. Acclaimed at the time by critics such as Robert Fraser and Adewale Maja-Pearce, the Heinemann African Writers Series’ republication of these seminal works comes at a time of renewed interest in Laing, who has been a major influence on a younger generation of writers. Other Laing titles previously published by the Series are the poetry collection Godhorseand the novel Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars.

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