Ac­ci­den­tal au­thor does it his way in new book

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A BOR­ROWED lap­top, R7 in the bank and 19 days is all it took for East­ern Cape-born Hlumelo Nyaluza to pen one of the most uniquely struc­tured self-help books.

is about Nyaluza’s phi­los­o­phy to en­able or­di­nary peo­ple to ful­fil their des­tiny us­ing the lit­tle they have.

The 26-year-old, who calls him­self an ac­ci­den­tal au­thor, says the book en­ables the reader to chal­lenge norms and stay ahead of their peers.

“Grow­ing up, I’ve al­ways been a kid who was cu­ri­ous. I’ve al­ways had an ob­ses­sion with magic. Ev­ery time I’d see su­per­heroes, I’d tell my dad I wanted to be one. At 6 or 7 years old I’d lock my­self up in my room and pray for magic with some sort of a magic wand.

“I re­alised that there are peo­ple who are do­ing mag­i­cal things with the magic wand – peo­ple like Pa­trice Mot­sepe, Oprah Win­frey and Bill Gates.

“So af­ter I no­ticed that type of magic, I think I wanted to do all the magic that all the in­flu­en­tial peo­ple do,” says Nyaluza.

How the book came about bears tes­ta­ment to Nyaluza do­ing things dif­fer­ently and cre­at­ing magic.

“When I wrote the book I did a 27-hour slot for an on­line ra­dio sta­tion. It was around Nel­son Man­dela Day so every­one was do­ing their 67 min­utes but I de­cided to do things dif­fer­ently be­cause I’ve al­ways been that per­son.

“I de­cided to talk on ra­dio for 27 hours. I shared my phi­los­o­phy, my phi­los­o­phy of hu­man nav­i­ga­tion, look­ing at how hu­mans can move from noth­ing to ev­ery­thing, and how they can go out­side of the norm to be ahead of their peers. I shared that phi­los­o­phy on ra­dio.”

Nyaluza broke a record on that ra­dio sta­tion as more than 13 coun­tries lis­tened to the show. Lis­ten­ers con­tacted the sta­tion ask­ing to buy the pod­cast. That’s when he de­cided to write the book.

“I never knew any­one who was a writer, I just struc­tured it. And when I started writ­ing, I got lost in it.”

Sev­eral fea­tures make the book stand out from other of­fer­ings on store shelves: The first chap­ter is at the end; the con­tents page is num­bered in re­verse; and ev­ery chap­ter ti­tle has the let­ters H and N which rep­re­sent his ini­tials and the Hu­man Nav­i­ga­tion phi­los­o­phy.

“Peo­ple need book con­cepts that cap­ture them from just the cover.

“The ti­tle is up­side down, the ta­ble of con­tents is in a de­scend­ing man­ner.

“The first page is right at the back and then you read it back­wards,” he says.

The book is avail­able at se­lect Bar­gain Books, Ex­clu­sive Books and CNA stores across the coun­try.

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