Rheam on UK bookshelves

Bryony Rheam’s debut novel This September Sun was published this week in the United Kingdom by Parthian Books. It will be available in outlets across the country, including Waterstones and Tesco.

The successful Zimbabwean novelist, Bryony Rheam.
The successful Zimbabwean novelist, Bryony Rheam.

The book been selected for ZIMSEC ‘A’ level Literature in English as a set book from this year until 2017. It was chosen by the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association as their Best First Book in 2010. The novel was first published in Zimbabwe by Bulawayo publisher ’amaBooks in 2009 and is now on its third print run.

Rheam was born in Kadoma in 1974 and lived in Bulawayo from the age of eight until she left school. She studied for a BA and an MA in English Literature in the United Kingdom and then taught in Singapore for a year before returning to teach in Zimbabwe in 2001. She has had short stories published in anthologies, including all three volumes of the Short Writings from Bulawayo series. She won the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo Short Story Competition in 2006.

This September Sun focuses on the lives of the two main female characters, the romantic grandmother Evelyn, who arrived in the then Rhodesia in 1946, and her granddaughter Ellie, who’s sixth birthday is on the day that Zimbabwe gained its independence.

Christopher Mlalazi described the book as ‘a beautifully executed story about Ellie’s painful journey of discovery through her family history’. Albert Nyathi, when he was travelling in the UK, said it was ‘a wonderful book. I read it on the plane, underground trains, buses, and I said to myself, here is another Doris Lessing’.

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