Lucy Mushita

© Lucy Mushita

Books & Rights Information

– Debut novel, English, 2008, 2022 –

Expat Blues
– Short Stories/Anecdotes, French, 2024 – To be published –

In Virginity We Trust
– Short Stories, English, 2024 – Looking for a publisher –


A novelist and essayist, Lucy Mushita was born in Southern Rhodesia, and grew up in a small village during apartheid. She left Zimbabwe in 1986, for France, the United States and Australia – settled in Nancy before making Paris her home. Lucy Mushita currently lives between Paris and Sydney. She holds a MA in Creative Writing from Sydney University and taught Business English in several French multinationals, & universities.

Her novel Chinongwa was first published in South Africa in 2008, and in French by Actes Sud in France in 2012 (translation by Elise Argaud). The book explores the post colonial effect on ordinary life. In 2022, Chinongwa was reissued in a revised English edition by Weaver Press in Zimbabwe and Modjaji Books in South Africa. In her writing, Lucy Mushita is influenced by Doris Lessing.

Lucy is currently working on her second novel.


Besides her work as a novelist, Lucy Mushita has also participated in several Anthologies in different languages:

2017Ce qu’ils font est juste (Their Acts Are Justified) – Editions Don Quichotte – Paris, France

2017Penser et écrire l’Afrique aujourd’hui (Thinking and Writing the Africa of Today) – Editions les Seuil – Paris, France

2016Felicità Degli Uomini Semplici (Simple Men’s Joy, directed by Alain Mabanckou) – 66thand2nd – Roma, Italy

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