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Publishing race onTutu granddaughter's new book on joy of shared humanity

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 18, 2019

Desmond Tutu - a great champion of Ubuntu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

In these difficult and often violent times it is gratifying to know that the philosophy of a shared love of humanity is still uppermost in the minds of many.

So much so that a new book on the subject by Mungi Ngomane - the granddaughter of that great peace and social justice campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is looking likely to become a surefire best-seller.

According to The Bookseller, a publication that really knows about these things, Ngomane’s book - Everyday Ubuntu - has been of “tremendous interest” across the publishing industry. 

It explores the South African philosophy of Ubuntu which is based on the importance of our shared humanity and has long been central to the ethos of her Nobel Peace Prize winning grandfather and indeed the entire Tutu family.

It is a philosophy that was adhered to by Tutu during the Anti Apartheid struggles and the difficult truth and reconciliation process that followed. 

Ubuntu continues to be used by the Tutu Foundatioin UK in its work to offer meaningful platforms for dialogue and understanding between police and troubled youths in our gang-torn inner cities 

Meanwhile Mungi Ngomane’s Everyday Ubuntu has received attention from publishers Germny, Spain, France and in Holland where it was at the centre of a six-way auction which was eventually won by HarperCollins.