A Zimbabwean writer based in the UK who writes stories that resonate with everyday life. Part of the Zimbabwean diaspora, Chanetsa G Mazarura has travelled the world and has a deep passion for Africa.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Load Of Mercy was born out of my experiencing different cultures as I lived in different countries. I began to notice things that I didn't care much about growing up, or rather, certain subtle things which I observed became amplified. That, as well as events and news around the world fed into my imagination. The things which caught my attention are how life is unfair, how certain things are tolerated in certain cultures that perhaps should not be, how the actions of one could affect another for life and more specifically, how women are often at the receiving end of many prejudices and abuse. In my mind, I pictured a woman whose life is a product of these various experiences, one for which it would be unfair to judge them without understanding where they have come from.
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A teenage girl struggles to keep her head above the water. Raise up in a rural African village as an only child, she has a future full of hope. It all changes one afternoon when she is sacrificed by those she trusts, sending her life on a tailspin. Against the odds, life must go on, if she can bear it.