Sunday Times

Hear­ing the cry

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The orig­i­nal cover of Cry, the Beloved Coun­try. Alan Pa­ton started writ­ing the story in Septem­ber 1946 and fin­ished on Christ­mas Eve that year. It was pub­lished in Fe­bru­ary 1948. At the time of Pa­ton’s death in 1988, 15 mil­lion copies had been sold in 20 lan­guages.

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