Lives re­vealed

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Spe­cial mem­oirs that will move you

The Boy From The Wild by Peter Meyer with Gra­ham Spence (R155, self-pub­lished, Ama­zon) In this beau­ti­ful trib­ute, The Ele­phant

Whis­perer coau­thor Spence shares his friend Meyer’s child­hood mem­o­ries grow­ing up in Kark­loof Val­ley Na­ture Re­serve in KZN. It high­lights the bond be­tween Meyer and his fa­ther James, and their shared love for the African wilder­ness. Tsk-Tsk: The Story Of A Child At Large by Suzan Hack­ney (R250, Jonathan Ball Pub­lish­ers) In this frank au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Hack­ney tells of her adop­tion in the ’60s in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and the cru­elty and emo­tional abuse in­flicted on her by her adop­tive mother. Aged 13 she is made a ward of the state and her life spi­rals out of con­trol. A re­veal­ing read. Un­masked: A Mem­oir by An­drew Lloyd Web­ber (R285, Jonathan Ball Pub­lish­ers) The mu­si­cal-theatre ge­nius shares sto­ries from his child­hood grow­ing up as the son of bo­hemian par­ents in Lon­don, and the in­flu­ence his ec­cen­tric rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing his grand­mother and aunt, had on his life and ca­reer. A must-read for fans of his mu­si­cals.

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