At long last …

Back in February, during my first meeting with the publisher, the Old Boy suggested that we ask Tim Costello, the CEO of World Vision in Australia, to speak at the book launch. We laughed.  (It was always my dream to have something from World Vision at the back of the book, as their rehabilitation work with child soldiers was the inspiration for my story.) The publisher said  I should contact Mr Costello and ask him to write a foreword, or an endorsement for the books. We laughed again. I thought he was joking. At the end of August, when I handed in my proofs, the publisher said, “Have you heard from Mr Costello, yet?” I felt as though I’d been slapped across the face with a wet fish. He hadn’t been joking! I had no idea how to contact Mr...

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