Mary Ann Mhina was born in Berkshire and grew up in South Oxfordshire. She has since lived in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Tanzania and South and East London. Her interest in life stories began when, as a graduate researcher at Goldsmiths University she began to investigate the stories that mentally ill people told about their own lives. A year of listening to their stories in villages and health facilities in Tanzania convinced Mary Ann that there was much wisdom to be found in all of our stories. She is now an anthropologist, writer and facilitator with a passion for telling stories and asking questions that help us to think and feel differently about our own lives. This is her first book.
Picture by Jonny Donovan