Zimbabwe author Petina Gappah on capturing ordinary lives in her latest book ‘Rotten Row’

Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah on capturing ordinary lives

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean lawyer and writer. Her latest book ‘Rotten Row’ has just been published to great reviews. And she now feels sufficiently confident to give up her day job, as an international lawyer in Geneva, to write full-time. Rotten Row is a collection of short stories that illuminate various aspects of everyday Zimbabwean life. She told Newshour’s Julian Marshall she wants to counteract the often negative way in which her country is portrayed.

(Photo: Petina Gappah. Credit: Getty Images)

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