ISBN 9781779223838
Pages 220
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2021
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Then a Wind Blew

by Kay Powell

Then a Wind Blew is set in the final months of the war in Rhodesia, before it became Zimbabwe, and the story unfolds through the voices of three women. Susan Haig has lost one son in the war and seen her other son declared 'unfit for duty’'. Nyanye Maseka has fled with her sister to a guerrilla camp in Mozambique, her home village destroyed, her mother missing. Beth Lytton is a nun in a church mission in an African Reserve, watching her adopted country tear itself apart.

The three women have nothing in common. Yet the events of war conspire to draw them into each other's lives in a way that none of them could have imagined. This absorbing and sensitive novel develops and intertwines their stories, showing us the ugliness of war for women caught up in it and reminding us that, in the end, we all depend on each other.

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‘A fascinating, ambitious and brave novel that will leave a lasting impression on the reader’ 

Brian Chikwava, winner of the 2004 Caine Prize, and author of the widely acclaimed Harare North

About the Author

Kay Powell

Kay Powell was born in Zambia and grew up in Rhodesia. In 1968 she went to university in the UK and became a social worker. She returned to Rhodesia for a few years in the 1970s, and her two daughters were born there. After a stint at Faber & Faber in London, she returned to Zimbabwe in 1981, first working for Macmillan, then co-founding Quest, a publisher of non-fiction titles. Emigrating to England in 1988, Kay set up an agency to provide publishing services to international development organisations. In 2008, her book on the use of English in the workplace, What Not To Write, was published by Talisman, Singapore, and became a bestseller. Then a Wind Blew is Kay's first novel. She lives near Cambridge, UK, with her husband, who is also a novelist.

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