This September Sun

Bryony Rheam



This tender and moving novel follows Ellie, a shy girl growing up in modern Zimbabwe who has a close attachment to her grandmother Evelyn. One day, Ellie receives the news that her beloved grandmother has been brutally murdered, apparently without reason. The narrative then backtracks to Rhodesia in 1946. Evie, a young English war widow moves to a new continent, where she knows no one, and enters into a passionate and dangerous affair with a powerful, married man. She wonders, Will he ever leave his wife? Can life go on after the love has gone? Bravely addressing the political and social situation of white Zimbabwe from the 1940s through present day, this intriguing book uncovers a secret kept hidden for decades.


Brilliantly evokes the ennui of the pre-Independence settler community who measure out their lives in cups of tea, sundowners, and illicit affairs. —John Eppel


Bryony Rheam is a part-time English teacher and a former lecturer at the University of London’s External Degree Program in Singapore.