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The Rift-bookcover

By: Standish Cope

The Rift

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In The Rift, a captivating novella set in Kenya Colony during the Mau Mau uprising against the British administration, the reader is transported into a world of historical fiction. This compelling narrative delves into the tragic intersection of two families: that of colonial judge Edward Stephens and his loved ones, and the resolute freedom fighter Munthu Mkesi and his own kin. Against the backdrop of a nation gripped by irreconcilable conflict, primarily between the Kikuyu tribe and the colonial authorities, a poignant struggle emerges, fueled by the tribe’s unwavering pursuit of ‘Land and Freedom’ - Ithaka na Wiyathi.

Within the pages of this gripping tale, the profound clash between black and white, the oppressed and the oppressor, comes to life through the contrasting experiences of Judge Edward Stephens and Munthu Mkesi, a resilient Kikuyu farmer. As their lives intertwine amidst the tumultuous era, The Rift immerses readers in a world where societal divisions, political strife, and personal sacrifices collide, giving birth to a poignant narrative that explores the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity.

Standish Cope has been writing for over fifteen years and has authored a radio play, a stage play, and an audio-story for the ‘Green Curtain’ Theatre Company, poetry, and a host of peer-reviewed articles in complementary medicine. Standish Cope’s preferred genre is the historical novel and The Rift novella is his first endeavour in this regard.

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