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Penny Haw

Penny Haw is the author of The Invincible Miss Cust, a work of historical fiction based on the life of Britain and Ireland's first woman veterinary surgeon; The Wilderness Between Us, winner of the WFWA 2022 Star Award in the general category; and a children’s book called Nicko, The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm. Before turning to fiction, she was a journalist and columnist with bylines in many of South Africa's leading newspapers and magazines. She lives near Cape Town.

Genres: Historical
New and upcoming books
February 2025

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Follow Me to Africa
Penny Haw recommends
The Woman with no Name (2024)
Audrey Blake
"An enthralling, based-on-truth story about a remarkable woman whose courage and determination to create a new, meaningful life at a time when she feels invisible to everyone, including her estranged husband and grown daughter, which is as heartrending as it is inspiring. Yvonne Rudellat was the first female SOE-trained agent in occupied France in WWII and the kind of independent, strongminded and daring person you'd want at your side. I cycled alongside her as she pedaled through the French countryside, held my breath as she learned to swim, fumed with her as she was compelled to prove her worth time and again, and rooted for her at every explosive turn. Rich in detail, action, and emotion, The Woman with No Name breathes life into the legacy of one of many women whose lives demand celebration. Bravo, Yvonne and Audrey Blake!"
The Woman with a Purple Heart (2023)
Diane Hanks
"Immersive and intense with brilliant characterization, elegant and pacey writing, and riveting drama, Hanks takes us deep in the heart of Annie as she struggles to reconcile her professionalism, patriotism, and conscience. It's enthralling, poignant, and an absolute treat."
The Radcliffe Ladies' Reading Club (2023)
Julia Bryan Thomas
"Elegant prose and compelling storytelling... I loved every heartbreaking, empowering, unexpected and uplifting moment of it."

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