the half-truths biographers tell

Many books on famous people have been published. Africa has received its share of these books.

You can find books that read like hagiographies, you will find out how wonderful the main character of the book is. He has become a saint. The facts written down have been carefully selected to portray a good picture.

Others show you a person written from a certain perspective, to stress the points the writer wants to make.

Still others write as if the subject of the biography has been the only one who has done a wonderful job. Other people have been written out of the script.

Writing a biography is a hard book of reaerch, writing and de-writing, selecting and choosing what to include.

Joyce  Nyairo has read again the auto-biography of the famous Kenyan educator Geoffrey W. Griffin. Just read her thoughts.

The Autobiography of Geoffrey W. Griffin: Kenya's Champion Beggar as narrated to Yusuf King'ala. PHOTO/NATION


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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