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That's Life:  Michael Matatu at Large

THAT’S LIFE: MICHAEL MATATU AT LARGE
Pages:  290 pages
ISBN:  978 0 9552627 0 8
First Published: 2006
Price: UK£7.99 or US$14 + postage and packing

One man’s struggle for survival….

One day when God was distributing wealth, Michael Matatu stood patiently in the queue but the Almight forgot to give him any. He was a down and out African, condemned to a life of poverty, in a mad, mad world where only the rich and the influential have the money to enjoy life. He dreams of the luxuries that he cannot afford. He lives from day to day using ingenious methods to eke out a living. This is the story of an ordinary African fighting for survival in a society where the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. Matatu regales you with a humrous look at life and ways of earning a livelihood. As you laugh reading about his antics, you come across a tale of social injustice and inequality.

This book is a collection of columns over 20 years by journalist Shamlal Puri, under the pen names of Micheal Matatu, Malimoto and Akili Mingi, appearing in DRUM Africa’s leading magazine and its sister publications True Love and Trust East Africa.

Reviews:

“Very good journalism. I am not surprised That’s Life column has been so popular with its readers.”

Norma Marson, Senior Editor, African and Caribbean Division, Longman Group UK

“We enjoyed reading the pieces”, New Internationalist UK

“Very funny book. Definitely worth reading.” – The Indian, Hong Kong.

 

That's Life: Michael Matatu at Large

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