Read the first chapter of the award winning novel ‘The Unbroken Spirit’

Below is the first chapter of my novel The Unbroken Spirit (2005) published by East African Educational Publishers.

The book won third prize in the adult fiction category of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 2007, the biggest and most prestigious literary award in the country.


PHILLIP WAS DEEP IN THOUGHT, so completely wrapped up in whatever was occupying his mind that he paid scant attention to his surroundings let alone the red Hilux Surf which came from behind him and overtook at high speed.

The same vehicle started to overtake the lorry in front of him and in so doing misjudged the distance between it and an oncoming vehicle.

When the gap became too narrow for the Hilux to overtake, the driver turned abruptly into the lane right in front of him. Phillip noticed it too late and cursed as he desperately applied his brakes then swerved to the road shoulder to avoid a collision. It had been raining and the road was wet and slippery.

The white Toyota Corolla went into a skid as the front wheels came into contact with wet mud on the side of the road. Phillip fought to control the car but it plowed into a large boulder then rolled several times before it finally came to rest on its roof in a ditch.

The impact of the crash must have jarred every bone in his body but mercifully Phillip didn’t feel it. The initial impact with the boulder had knocked him unconscious after his head hit the steering wheel. Click here to read more.