The anthology also contains this year's 5 shortlisted stories, available to read online now.
Here's an excerpt from shortlisted writer Namwali Serpell's short story, Muzungu - about an expatriate child's sudden jolt into an awareness of racial difference...
Ba Simon was singing softly under his breath. He’d probably picked up some nasty song from the shabeen, Isa thought emphatically, repeating in her head a condemnation that she’d heard a thousand times from Ba Gertrude, the maid. There are three kinds of people in the world: people who unconsciously sing along when they hear someone else singing, people who remain respectfully or irritably silent, and people who start to sing something else. Isa began singing the Zambian national anthem. Stand and sing of Zambia, proud and free. Land of work and joy and unity. Ba Simon gave up on his quiet song, smiling down at Isa and shaking his head while he flipped steaks he wouldn’t get to eat. Ashes from the brai drifted and spun like the children playing in the garden.
The other shortlisted stories
- The Life of Worm by Ken Barris (South Africa)
- How Shall We Kill The Bishop? by Lily Mabura (Kenya)
- Soulmates by Alex Smith (South Africa)
- Stickfighting Days by Olufemi Terry (Sierra Leone)
Namwali Serpell is Zambian. Winner of the 2010 Caine Prize will be announced in Oxford on July 5.