So many great fiction writers turn out to have been lawyers, or to have trained as lawyers, including the great 19th century writers Dickens, Eca de Queiroz, and Balzac and modern writers Scott Turow and Alexander McCall Smith, to name only a few.
I’m now reading a slim but intense volume of short stories depicting contemporary Zimbabwe by yet another lawyer who’s also a fine fiction writer: “An Elegy For Easterly,” by Petina Gappah. Gappah, now an international trade lawyer in Geneva, Switzerland, won The Guardian’s First Book Award for her collection. Her website and blog are worth checking out for her essays about writing, literature, Africa, and the world, as is this review of 2 Zimbabwean memoirs that she recently published in the London Sunday Times.
In one of her recent posts, Gappah provides a link to The North Korean Random Insult Generator–great fun!