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Paul Penman

Author: Paul Penman
Title: Why Did Grandpa Go to Africa? – A Memoir

Publication Date: June 2014

A ‘New South Africa’ was born in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President. In 1995 I stepped into this world in Johannesburg and was nearly stabbed to death on my first day and survived only to be robbed later. This true story takes you with me into this Dark Continent. We move from South Africa to Zambia then on to Kenya and finally Uganda. Amazing events transpire as I confront the reality of the refugee crisis, the AIDS pandemic and yet another attempt at taking my life. Grief and trauma associated with these events held up the writing of this book until now. I’ll never be the same!


Paul Penman was born in Manly, New South Wales, and was educated at Manly (Village) Public School and Manly Boys’ High School. He spent twenty-five years in the advertising profession in Australia and briefly in South Africa. His career began in advertising agencies and ended in the print media with Rupert Murdoch, the Packers and the Fairfax family. Paul is a Fellow of the Advertising Institute of Australia and is an Advanced Coach with Tennis Australia. He travelled widely while attending university and has earned degrees as a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours); he also holds a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Writing. In 2013 Paul withdrew from the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Theology) at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, in order to spend more time on creative writing. Paul has two married daughters and four grandchildren and resides in marvellous Melbourne, Australia – arguably the world’s most livable city. With a wry smile he says, ‘I’d prefer to wear out rather than rust.’ Paul certainly does live life to the full.

Page Extent: 178pp
Weight: 214.545 gm
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 or 216 x 140 mm
Spine: 9.627 mm
Carton Qty: 44
Cover: Glossy
Paper: White
Print ISBN: 9781909824430
Kindle eBook: 9781909824447
ePub eBook: 9781909824454
RRP:  £7.99 (GBP) / $12.99 (USD) / $13.99 (AUD)


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