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What the Wind Saw is a collection of 25 short stories of the people, real and imagined, from a small tract of ancient land in the heart of Hertfordshire: Wheathampstead, The Ayots, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans. It is a journey through the landscape and through history.


The wind has always blown over these villages, fields, rivers, its towns and its city. It always will. We have the same worries, fears, hopes and dreams today as we have always had. We are connected to each other by our shared experiences, by the places that we live and by the paths that we tread. The wind narrates the stories through a prologue and an epilogue and makes its presence felt in the stories themselves.


These are stories of friendship, power, love, grief and ambition inspired by the landscape and what is in it - John Bunyan’s Cottage, Shaw’s Corner, the annual Ayot St Lawrence art show, the Devil’s Dyke, St Albans market, a walk in the woods, a walk across the fields. 

With a Foreword by Robert Voss CBE CStJ

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire


Zoë has lived in beautiful places including Devon and the French Alps, but it is the picturesque and comfortable lanes, fields and villages of the Hertfordshire countryside around where she has brought up her family of 4 children, that has provided the inspiration for What the Winds Saw. A trained singer, she is co-founder and creative director of the Hertfordshire based Felici Opera.

Zoë has a BA in French and History (University of Exeter) and an MA in Victorian Studies - 19th Century art, history and literature (Birkbeck College, University of London). She has been an active member of a marvellous book club since 2008.

Her debut novel Hope is Daffodil Bright set in Cambridge in the second world war, will be released 1st March 2023, and her second collection of short stories A Portrait of my Pet inspired by paintings of imagainary pets, will be released 1st September 2023.

Both books will be published by The Endless Bookcase.