Petina Gappah is a lawyer and a writer. She has law degrees from the Universities of Zimbabwe, Cambridge and Graz in Austria. She lives in Geneva where she works for the Advisory Centre on WTO Law. Her first book, An Elegy for Easterly, a collection of short stories, was awarded the Guardian First Book Prize. Her second book, The Book of Memory, a novel, is forthcoming from Faber and will be published in more than ten languages.