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Petina Gappah has quit her day job as a lawyer to focus on writing fiction
Petina Gappah has quit her day job as a lawyer to focus on writing fiction

Petina Gappah was born a traveller, in Zambia to Zimbabwean parents. The family moved back to Zim when she was nine months old. She went to school in Harare and studied law at the University of Zimbabwe. But this wasn’t enough for this international overachiever. She obtained a law master’s from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from the University of Graz.

From 1998 she was based in Geneva, Switzerland, working as an international lawyer. And then she decided to change careers.

After having had some success with her short stories, she landed a publishing deal.

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