The Story Behind the Story

BREATH OF AFRICA is a novel. The characters and the story are figments of my imagination. But the book draws on my experiences over fifty years of living in Kenya.

The places I knew included Loreto Convent, Eldoret, taken with my Brownie camera in 1954. The school no longer exists, but it features briefly in the opening chapter of the book.

Loreto Eldoret

Windmill Cottage, Njoro (you can see the windmill etched against the sky) was where I spent a happy childhood. But the corrugated iron roof contracted at nights in a frightening manner.

Windmill Cottage

And the Rotary signpost below was at the summit of Mt. Menengai, overlooking Nakuru, where Brian and Caroline found the trapped Impala. (See The Vastness of Africa)

Menengai signpost

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5 Responses to The Story Behind the Story

  1. aj vosse says:

    Africa… it’s in mu soul! I miss it!!! Yes, I do…

  2. Jill Lake says:

    Looks so interesting – how do I get the book? I’d love to read it. You might like to take a look at MT book on Africa, A Garden in Africa, on my website and blog at

    • jbwye says:

      Glad you’re intrigued, Jill. The book will be launched on 15th March on Amazon on Kindle and paperback. Through Crooked Cat for other e-book formats.

  3. Derek king says:

    very intresting! I went to Lorento convent school and only recently found a 1962 school report i was then aged 6 at the time, it was great to see your photo of the school as i have not seen one can you tell me when the school closed please thanks

    • jbwye says:

      Thank you for your comment, Derek. I’m afraid I dont know the date Eldoret closed. I cant find anything on the internet. Wait while I ask my Kenya Friends United facebook group if anyone can enlighten us…

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