The Picador Book of African Stories contains forty short stories from across the wide African continent, hardly any of which have been collected before. These are by the post-1980 generation of writers or were written in the last two decades. Some are firm favourites, but most are appearing in print for the first time. Over half the contents have been freshly translated into English (from Arabic, French and Portuguese) in specially commissioned new versions. Each writer appears with biographical notes.
In the introduction to the collection the claim that this huge, lively continent has indeed become the home of new and inventive ways of short-story writing is presented.