Dr Maria Phalime is a medical doctor and award-winning author based in Cape Town. After qualifying in 1999, she practised medicine for four years before deciding to leave the profession. In 2012 Maria was the recipient of the inaugural City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for her memoir, Postmortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away. In 2013 her novel for teens, Second Chances, was the English language category winner of the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards.

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