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  1. Hello there, I’m looking for novels with a colonial setting, contemporary novels written by people from that era who would have had some idea of what it was like back then. Preferably British Empire colonialism, but all ideas are welcome. To my knowledge I am currently aware of/have read the following books. Please recommend books written by different authors to the ones listed here as I am likely already aware of their other contributions. A few of these books (Ceremony, Potiki) bend the truth a little. They aren’t directly about the colonial experience but are about the clash of European and non-European cultures. So I am also open to semi-colonial literature like that too if you can think it’d be a good read. All of them — without exception — are contemporary though, the authors have experienced something like what they wrote about. Here’s what I have so far: A Grain of Wheat, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o A Passage to India, E.M. Forster Burmese Days, George Orwell Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko Greenmantle, John Buchan Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard Kim, Rudyard Kipling Potiki, Patricia Grace Red Strangers, Elspeth Huxley Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih The First Man, Albert Camus The Grass is Singing, Doris Lessing Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys Thank you! Edit: unsure why I cannot make the text un-bold. The button doesn't appear to be working. Sorry about this!