How books saved a young man from drugs: Book review of The Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla

How books saved a young man from drugs: Book review of The Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla

Featured in Expound: my review of The Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla:
 

Meet the Pavement Bookworm

 
Philani Dladla’s story first started to make waves in 2014/15 when the world took an interest in a young man standing at a robot on Empire Road, selling book reviews to commuters.

It’s become too easy to ignore these traffic light entrepreneurs, but Dladla had something that made him stand out. Today, he’s an inspirational figure who speaks candidly about his tumultuous childhood, his battle with drugs, and the things he had to do on the streets to survive.

Books and stories saved his life, and by sharing his story, he hopes to safe the lives of others.

Read an extract from my review:

I read The Pavement Bookworm during an eight-hour flight from OR Tambo to Hong Kong International Airport. I couldn’t pry my bloodshot eyes away from my Kindle screen. The author’s voice leaps off the page and speaks to you in a way that is both inviting and discomfiting.

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