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Chibundu Onuzo: She signed her first book deal at 19, becoming the youngest female author to sign to publishing giant Faber & Faber.

Young, Gifted, and Valid: Chibundu Onuzo, Author of novel "The Spider King's Daughter"

Quite a few people were strangely hostile to the idea of me writing a novel at 17. Either they were derisive, ‘You don’t know anything. What do you have to write about?’ Or they were dismissive, ‘Teenage novels are no good.’ Or they were concerned at what they saw as arrogant ambition, verging on hubris.

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Hay Festival in 2012

Continental drift: Africa39, an anthology of writing from south of the Sahara, is too good to miss

In 2007, Britain’s Hay Festival collaborated with the Unesco World Book Capital project to publish Bogotá39, a literary collection that showcased the talents of 39 Latin American writers under the age of 40.