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Kapka Kassabova is a cross-genre writer with an interest in deep journeys and human geographies. She is the author of three narrative non-fiction books: Street Without a Name (Granta 2008), Twelve Minutes of Love (Granta 2011), and Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta/ Greywolf 2017) which won the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, the Saltire Book of the Year, the Stanford-Dolman Book of the Year, the Highland Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the US National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Kassabova grew up in Sofia and as a young adult in the 1990s emigrated with her family to New Zealand where she studied French and Russian Literature and published her first poetry and fiction. Since 2005 she has lived in Scotland. Her native Balkans are the location for both Border and her new book, To The Lake: A Journey of War and Peace (Granta/ Greywolf 2020).