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BREATH OF AFRICA, dedicated to the people of Kenya, is a novel by Jane Bwye, retired businesswoman and intermittent freelance journalist who lived over half a century in Africa.

The 2013 Kenya elections took place without much-feared violence and reprisals, and the country moves on in hope.

This hope is epitomised in the book, which means different things to different people; it can be read as

  • a love story,
  • a psychological thriller,
  • or more deeply as an exploration into the interactions of people of different races.
  • Superstition and Christian faith clash.
  • And the stunning beauty of the country is a major character in itself.

It traces the stories of Caroline, a privileged woman from the highlands, and Charles Ondiek, a farm labourer with dreams of Oxford. A drama of psychological terror is fuelled by Mau Mau oath administrator, Mwangi, but against the backdrop of Kenya’s beautiful but hostile desert, the curse is finally broken.

The book is available in KINDLE and PAPERBACK format from Amazon.

The E-book can be purchased in all electronic formats direct from the publishers,

More traditional readers in the UK may wish to order it from the British Library, thereby supporting this great institution.


If you buy the E-book, the all-important GLOSSARY could not be incorporated for technical reasons. For this, please go HERE.


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  1. aj vosse says:

    Don’t know why, or why not, but I’m so proud of you!!

  2. Reblogged this on aurorawatcherak and commented:
    You should check out this book because it is a wonderful read.

  3. sally1137 says:

    Reblogged this on Tin Foil Hat Book Club and commented:
    On the recommendation of aurorawatcherak

  4. Jo Goldsworthy (Wolff) says:

    Jane, congratulations on writing a novel about Kenya. Enjoyed the photo of your Njoro house and the view from the top of Menengai. We met last in Limuru, maybe around 1975.

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