Can of Worms

“Africa is a harsh country, and life can be cruel…”

And now the can of worms has been reopened, as the BBC announces the British Government compensation deal for their handling of Mau Mau detainees in the 1950’s.

In BREATH OF AFRICA Mwangi is just such a victim – but the story represents a balanced viewpoint, after long years of mulling things over in my mind. I enjoy the freedom of expressing myself in fiction.

Thought you’d be interested in reading another review – from someone in the US this time:

An interesting read. Having lived in Kenya for 20 years, Breath of Africa brought back so many memories, and waves of nostalgia. Many of the situations she described I lived through myself.
Africa is a harsh continent, and life can be cruel there. The author has captured this very well, and none of her characters have an easy ride. Even in a dynamic and emerging modern country, many of the people still believe in witchcraft and can and do die for no other reason than a witch doctor has told them that they will.

I particularly enjoyed her descriptions of Kenya’s stunning and varied landscapes. I could see the vistas and smell the dust, and hear the clink of bits in the horses’ mouths at the races. Her knowledge of the politics of the country is spot on.

The inter-racial love story is plausible, the characters believable, and I found the whole story to be realistic and satisfying. Just don’t expect everybody to live happily ever after.

 
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