The First Woman

Winner of the Jhalak Prize 2021

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Publisher's Synopsis


'Jennifer Makumbi is a genius storyteller.' Reni Eddo-Lodge

An intoxicating mix of Ugandan folklore and modern feminism, from a multi-award-winning author

As Kirabo enters her teens, questions begin to gnaw at her - questions which the adults in her life will do anything to ignore. Where is the mother she has never known? And why would she choose to leave her daughter behind? Inquisitive, headstrong, and unwilling to take no for an answer, Kirabo sets out to find the truth for herself. 

Her search will take her away from the safety of her prosperous Ugandan family, plunging her into a very different world of magic, tradition, and the haunting legend of 'The First Woman'.

'In Jennifer Makumbi, we have a giant of literature living among us.' Peter Kalu, Jhalak Prize Judge



Book information

ISBN: 9781786078582
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Imprint: Oneworld
Pub date:
Edition: Winner of the Jhalak Prize 2021
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 437
Weight: 396g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 40mm