Allister Sparks

Mpho Tutu

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01 September 2011

The remarkable story of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s courage, faith, perseverance and his lifelong commitment to the liberation of the oppressed.

Tutu: The Authorised Portrait is a celebration of eighty years of the life of Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion has touched millions of lives around the world.

Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, and trained as a teacher because his family could not afford to send him to medical school, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960. He vigorously opposed apartheid and has dedicated his life to fighting all forms of oppression, advocating non-violence, peaceful reconciliation and social justice for all.

This extraordinary book features:

  • A biography by Allister Sparks (authorised by Tutu)
  • Over 40 interviews conducted by Mpho A. Tutu with close family, friends, colleagues, comrades and critics (featuring names such as Richard Branson, Bono, Albie Sachs, Kofi Annan, Graca Machel and F.W. de Klerk)
  • An Introduction by the Dalai Lama
  • An unprecedented collection of images and previously unpublished artefacts from Tutu’s private files
  • The same style and format as Mandela: The Authorised Portrait (so is a beautiful coffee table and gift book).