The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo
  

The Other Side of Truth

Written by Beverley Naidoo

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This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow.

Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as 'illegal' and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.

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The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow.

Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as 'illegal' and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.

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Beverly Naidoo has earned a major reputation for chronicling the lives of young people in her native South Africa with powerful works such as Journey to Jo'burg and Chain of Fire. This novel is set initially in another troubled African country, Nigeria, at a time when it was immensely dangerous to speak the truth about the then military regime and its leader General Abacha. It is a vivid account of a family's trauma and subsequent exile in London, seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Sade and her younger brother Femi. When their mother is murdered by the authorities, the children's father, outspoken journalist and opponent of the regime Folarin Solaja, decides that the family must flee to London. The children will go first while he will try to follow. Once in London, the children are alone and frightened. Too scared to reveal their true identity for fear it could cause problems for their father still in Nigeria, the children are placed in the hands of social services and are soon living with a foster family. But what of their father? The children have an agonising wait, but their courage and determination, particularly that of Sade, who constantly draws strength from the memory of her dead mother, brings about an emotional reunion. This is a remarkably powerful novel, highlighting issues of oppression, murder, freedom of speech and the plight of refugees in an enormously readable manner. As the broadcaster, Jon Snow, says in the foreword: 'Not only a marvellous read but one that refuels the desire for justice and freedom within and beyond our shores'. (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Beverley Naidoo

Beverley Naidoo was born into a white, middle-class family in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1943. She graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 1963. Her involvement with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa led to her being imprisoned in solitary confinement for eight weeks at the age of 21. She left for England in 1965 and studied at the University of York with the help of a United Nations Bursary, training to become a teacher. Her first novel for children, Journey to Jo'burg, was published in 1985. A powerful portrayal of racism seen from a child's perspective, the book was banned in South Africa until 1991. A sequel, Chain of Fire, was published in 1989. No Turning Back (1995) was written after running workshops for young people in South Africa with theatre director Olusola Oyeleye. The Other Side of Truth (2000) was inspired in part by the execution of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and tells the story of two Nigerian children who flee to London as refugees after their mother is killed.

Q&A WITH BEVERLEY NAIDOO:

Favourite Hero: The little African hare. He plays tricks on bigger, bossier animals who think that big is best

Favourite Monster: The tick-tock crocodile in Peter Pan.

Special secret power: A secret is a secret. (when i was a child, i made a secret society with a friend. To this day, i have never told anyone the meaning of our name The TTs'.)

Favourite Fight Scene: War and Peas by Michael Foreman. The animals in King Lion's country are starving but they manage to chase away the greedy Fat King and his army.

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Paperback
240 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Beverley Naidoo
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

27th April 2000

ISBN

9780141304762

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