The Education of a British-Protected Child

Publisher: Anchor Canada
Achebe’s first new book in more than twenty years — a new collection of autobiographical essays from the world-renowned author of Things Fall Apart.

Chinua Achebe’s characteristically measured and subtle voice is ever-present in these seventeen, beautifully nuanced pieces. The Education of a British-Protected Child offers a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria. Achebe recalls both his happy memories of reading novels in secondary school and the harsher truths of imperial rule. In “African-American Visitations,” he allows us to witness the terrifying nature of the African diaspora and what it means not to know “from whence he came.” Politics and history figure in “What is Nigeria to Me?,” “Africa’s Tarnished Name,” and “Politics of the Politicians of Language.” And Achebe’s extraordinary family comes into view in “My Dad and Me” and “My Daughters.”

Charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and immensely wise, The Education of a British-Protected Child is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre.


From the Hardcover edition.

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The Education of a British-Protected Child

The title I have chosen for these reflections may not be immediately clear to everybody and, although already rather long, may call for a little explanation or elaboration from me. But before I get to that, I want to deal with something which gives me even more...
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PRAISE FOR

Praise for Chinua Achebe:
“Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent.”
— Nadine Gordimer, The New York Times Book Review

“What I know for sure is that I would not be the writer I am if it wasn’t for Chinua Achebe.”
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“There is no way to be a writer — and not just an African writer, but a writer in the world, a serious writer — without responding to this book…. It has not only shaped the African imagination, but continues to shape the world imagination.”
— Chris Abani, author of Graceland, on Things Fall Apart


From the Hardcover edition.