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Shelley Davidow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1969. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in English and Drama at Wits University, and in 1991 she achieved recognition for her young adult novel Freefalling in the national Maskew Miller Longman Young Africa Award.
She has had 33 books published, mostly in the realm of chil- dren’s and young adult fiction. In the Shadow of Inyangani, (young adult novel), was nominated for the first African Writer’s Prize by Macmillan/Picador and BBC World.
She has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, England, Germany, Qatar, the United States and Australia, among many things as a waitress, researcher, teacher, lecturer and mother, more or less in that order. Today, she lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband and son.