Stanley Gazemba was born in Vihiga, Western Kenya , in 1974 and studied at the Kakamega High School . After school he worked as a tea-picker, a clerk in a steel factory in Mombasa , and a gardener in Nairobi . His first novel, The Stone Hills of Maragoli, won the Jomo Kenyatta Literary Prize in 2003, one of Kenya ‘s most prestigious literary awards. The African Review of Books described his book as “an ordinary tale of love, celebration, betrayal and revenge… all in a context that is at once familiar for its emotional impact and unfamiliar for its cultural environment”. Stanley lives in Nairobi and is currently working on several different literary projects.