Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer. She is the author of the novels Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019) and The Book of Memory (2015); and two short story collections, Rotten Row (2016) and An Elegy for Easterly (2010). Petina's work has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Women's Prize for Fiction, and the Prix Femina (Étrangers). She is the recipient of the Guardian First Book Award and the McKitterick Prize from the Society of Authors. A lawyer specialising in international trade and investment as well as a writer, after living and working in Geneva for many years, and in Berlin as a fellow of the DAAD, Petina now lives in Harare.