Walking the streets of Nairobi beats driving around in a car.

You get to discover streets where books can cost anything from  50 Kenya Shillings to 200 for best sellers.

Last week i was walking along Koinange street and i saw Chaim Potok’s Chosen.

I was so excited and with my best blank look i asked how much the book was going for,and lucky me it was going for 200 shillings.

  The Chosen

Let us back track a little,why was i excited and who is Chaim Potok?

I have been to many bookshops but i never find any of  his books.

The 2books  i have read were borrowed from friends who had brought them over from Europe.

Chaim Potok is an American Jewish author and The Chosen is his most acclaimed book which  was  turned into a movie with Potok having a cameo role as a professor.

It was published in 1967 ,stayed on the New York Best Seller List for 39 weeks selling more than 3.4 million copies.

Getting it for less than 2 Euros was a real bargain and the fact that i get to keep it is priceless.

What are you reading?Let me know in the comments section.




  1. I am a Catherine Cookson and Mauve Binchy fan. I get their books for between 50 and 200 bob in the streets and they are great reads in the traffic jams of Nairobi :-).

  2. Mummy tales,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I am yet to see a book by an African writer on the street 🙂 .Start reading again,i read well past midnight on some days .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *