National recognition for Jane’s Kenyan tale

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A local author has plenty of reason to celebrate after Stephen Lloyd MP attended a recent book signing of her debut novel, Breath of Africa, which was also nominated for the Guardian’s First Book Award 2013.

Jane Bwye spent over half a century in East Africa, going to school and bringing up her family, and has used her experience to pen a truthful and engaging tale set in the heart of Kenya.

In a romantic thriller set against the backdrop of Kenya’s most beautiful but hostile desert, Breath of Africa tells the story of Caroline, a privileged woman from the fertile highlands, Charles a farm labourer with dreams of an Oxford education and the enemies determined to drive them apart.

Stephen Lloyd MP, who also grew up in Kenya, was delighted to attend Jane’s book signing and said, “It was a real pleasure to launch Jane Bwye’s new book set in Kenya. Jane spent over 50 years in East Africa and her novel is a thoughtful, romantic tale from that era.

“Growing up in Kenya myself, it was wonderful to catch up with Jane and the lovely group of Kenyan expats who were also there at the book launch. The novel is what we would call in Swahili ‘mzuri sana’ - that’s ‘very good’ in Eastbourne.”

As well as the First Book Award 2013, Jane was also up for the Not The Brooker Prize 2013. Both nominations were just reward for the 40 years of graft Jane put into writing and publishing her novel.

Jane, who lives in Lower Willingdon, was a businesswoman and freelance journalist before retiring back in the UK, where she now spends her time mentoring small business start-ups, judging dressage and indulging in her love for choral singing, tennis and bridge.

Her novel can be bought at the Christian Resource Centre’s bookshop or on Amazon and can also be reserved at Eastbourne library.