Rebecca Powell is a British novelist living in France. Born in Bristol, Rebecca discovered an early love of stories from weekly visits to the local library with her mum, sister and brothers (novelists Gareth L Powell and Huw Powell) and from hours spent with her dad sitting around an old tape recorder making up adventures.
At the age of eighteen, after the death of her father, Rebecca took a year out in France before going on to study French and Portuguese at the University of Leeds. In her early twenties she worked for a year at a women's shelter in Brazil before moving to London, where she worked as a fundraiser for various national charities.
Several years later, in a ‘now-or-never’ moment, Rebecca left her job and enrolled at drama school. Although she loved the experience, she soon realised her true passion lay in creating the characters and stories. However, it wasn’t until after the birth of her first child, whilst working as an actress in Australia, that she started writing in earnest.
Inspired by her experiences, Rebecca followed the advice of just about every literary guru, and started to write what she knew: the joy and insecurities of motherhood; the early loss of a parent; and of course, the country she loved so dearly, Brazil. It was the beginning of a story which was later to become her debut novel, The Brazilian Husband.
Rebecca has now settled with her husband and three children in the South West of France. She is represented by the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.
"...scrawled in biro, the words which had brought me here...
'Take me home'."
Determined to honor her late husband’s final request, Judith and her teenage step-daughter, Rosa, set out on a journey from London to Brazil to track down his family and take his ashes home.
But when Judith's search leads her to Ricardo, a handsome but haunted human rights lawyer, she begins to unravel a web of lies surrounding her husband’s past: a past which is about to come crashing into their present in the form of Rosa's real mother.
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