Ingrid Persaud

Ingrid Persaud is a late bloomer to the world of literature. She began her adult life as a lawyer, having studied law at the London School of Economics. She’d always yearned for an artistic life, an ambition which later took her to study fine art at Goldsmiths College and Central St.Martin’s. Her the transformation into a writer followed careers as an academic teaching law at Kings College, London, and later working as a visual artist. Love After Love, her debut novel won both the 2020 Costa First Novel award, the Author’s Club First Book Award 2021 and the Indie Book Award for Fiction 2021. Other prizes include the BBC National Short Story Award, 2018 and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017, with The Sweet Sop, a story exploring harrowing themes of fractured families, death and terminal illness, through the medium of chocolate. Persaud’s work is mostly set in Trinidad and Tobago, where she was born and grew up before relocating to the UK.

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