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Q & A: Aminatta Forna
In 2007 Aminatta was named by Vanity Fair as one of Africa’s most promising new writers. Her new novel The Memory of Love was published in April.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

My dog choking to death on a bone and my father with his hand down the dog’s throat trying to save him. He was a doctor and he pt the dog down when all else failed.

What makes you happy?

I am happy unless something makes me unhappy.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I wanted to write stories for a living when I was at school. Adults around me were generally discouraging. I became a journalist. The imperative to write re-emerged with the realisation that journalism could not express those things I saw and wanted to describe.

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Source: Litro