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The Wild Wind

Fiction, Forthcoming Publications
Publication Date
06 June 2019
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Birlinn Ltd

The Wild Wind

by Sheena Kalayil - Find out more about the author


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'A tenderly written, fascinating and thoughtful semi-autobiographical novel. [It] looks at the presence of memories that bruise, that affect and create our future selves, it is wonderfully readable and gently provocative too' – Liz Robinson, LoveReading

From the winner of the 2018 Writers' Guild Award

Vanish to a different land with Sissy Olikara. Sissy is twelve years old, living with her parents and baby brother on a school campus outside Lusaka. It is 1978, and the political situation in Zambia is becoming volatile. The family enjoy a gentle life until, suddenly, Sissy’s father leaves and returns to India.

His departure brings about a chain of events which force Sissy into the adult world and have profound, long-lasting consequences.

Moving back and forth in time as the adult Sissy reflects on her childhood, The Wild Wind is a haunting, absorbing coming-of-age tale of lost loves and lost innocence – one that takes readers on a journey into a young woman’s past and its repercussions on her future.

Sheena Kalayil was born in Zambia in 1970 where her parents were teachers seconded from Kerala, India. She arrived in the UK aged eighteen and, after graduating, worked all over the world. She has a doctorate in Linguistics, teaches at the University of Manchester and lives near Manchester with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of The Bureau of Second Chances (Polygon, 2017), which won the Writers' Guild Best First Novel Award and The Inheritance (Polygon, 2018).

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