‘Sudanista!’: A Non-Fiction Reading list for The Sudans

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Without a doubt, Emma’s War by Deborah Scroggins is the most fascinating, easy-to-read, book about The Sudans.

Emma’s War: Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan by Deborah Scroggins

The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars (African Issues) by Douglas H. Johnson

South Sudan From Revolution to Independence by Matthew Arnold and Matthew LeRiche

The Fate of Sudan: The Origins and Consequences of a Flawed Peace Process by John Young

Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence by Jok Madut Jok

A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall

The New Kings of Crude: China and India’s Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan by Luke Patey

South Sudan: A Slow Liberation by Edward Thomas

Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur by Andrew S. Natsios

What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers.

Honourable mention goes to two novels which read like non-fiction; Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo; Seasons of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. War of Visions by Francis M. Deng is an academic look at ethnic division in The Sudans, but a thought-provoking read nonetheless.

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