Tutu: The Authorised Portrait

by Allister Sparks Non-fiction

  • UK Macmillan (October 2011, 356 pages)
  • South Africa Macmillan
  • US HarperOne

Written by Allister Sparks and Mpho A. Tutu

With an Introduction by Bono and a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The remarkable story of Desmond Tutu’s courage, faith, perseverance and his life-long commitment to the liberation of the oppressed. Tutu: The Authorised Portrait is a celebration of eighty years of the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion has touched the lives of millions around the world.

Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, and trained as a teacher because his family could not afford to send him to medical school, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960. He vigorously opposed apartheid and has dedicated his life to fighting all forms of oppression, advocating non-violence, peaceful reconciliation and social justice for all.

This extraordinary book features a biography by legendary South African journalist Allister Sparks, authorised by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and includes over forty interviews conducted by Tutu’s daughter Reverend Mpho A. Tutu with close family, friends, colleagues, comrades and critics. Complemented by an unprecedented collection of images and unpublished artefacts drawn from Tutu’s private files, this is a phenomenal story of one man’s life-long commitment to the liberation of the oppressed.

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