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About the Author
Dr Nat Tanoh comes from Ghana but grew up in exile, as a child in England, due to his parents' opposition to the installation of a one-party state. He has a rich history of involvement in student and workers movements, which originally emerged from struggles against the institutionalisation of military rule in Ghana. Dr Nat has since worked as a consultant on Development projects in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa. He also continues to uphold a passion for democratic social development. The Day of the Orphan is Dr Nat Tanoh's debut novel
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8 June 2018
For those not very familiar with Africa, The Day of the Orphan transports you there with surprising ease and excitement. You feel as though you are out there with young Saga the very loveable star of the story, his friends and and family in a veritable melting crucible of love, life and the stunning realities of life in a contemporary African environment. It is an exceptionally well written story that effortlessly teases out many important issues of relevance everywhere and not just in a fictional but realistic African setting. One theme that warms my heart is the willingness of young people going out on a limb and courting very real danger in a heroic effort to right so many wrongs that affect their entire society and not just them. And this they do without any real consideration of personal gain which is certainly not the case with some our youngsters these days. The novel in a sense shows us never to despair for there are always people out there who will ultimately rise to up to challenge the wrongs that prevail in any given society. As a novel for pure entertainment purposes, The Day of the Orphan is an exciting thriller. As a novel that imparts knowledge and hope it is also a thoroughly enjoyable must read. My only question now is - will there be a sequel? I am hoping there is so I can happily look forward to it.
25 May 2018
The Day of the Orphan is a beautifully written story that vividly describes the emotive journey the young man, Saga, goes on to try to transform the world around him. Political instability, democracy and bureaucracy, violence and aggression, societal challenges such as poverty, homelessness – these are issues that impact both the UK and Ghana – albeit it can be in different ways - and they are themes that are tackled by Dr Nat Tanoh in this novel that is in part inspired by his own personal experiences of his childhood in both Ghana and later in the UK. It is a contemporary work of literary fiction that deserves your attention.
25 May 2018
The Day of the Orphan is an entertainingly good read, even though it is set in a fictionalised African city under an oppressive political regime. It paints a vivid picture of the lives of teenagers juggling their intimate concerns - about friendship, loyalty, fashion, fairness, lust and love - with the political dramas being played out by the adults around them. And let’s not forget the detailed analysis of the local food, which is so important to the main character, Saga, whose voice dominates the narrative. He is a cool, much-loved, smart young man, who surprises all in how he responds to the dangers around him. Could this be a thinly disguised autobiographical tale of the African author’s own coming of age? The voice is genuine, and will appeal to the young at heart.
3 June 2018
What a truly beautiful, inspiring and thought provoking book about a young man who wants to make a difference! The story really makes you think about the world we are growing up in and the influences governments, family, friends and people can have on us. Saga is a brave, bold character that you will love and champion in is efforts to stand up for what he believes is right and fair, although it sometimes cost him dearly. The book takes you through every emotion possible and is very uplifting read, you cant help but think that the author, Dr Nat, has indeed walked in the shoes of Saga! Definitely worth a read.
15 June 2018
A stunning debut, and a really unique and thought-provoking coming of age novel. With it's contemporary African setting this book raises some incredibly challenging and relevant questions about current world politics. How does a schoolboy challenge the authority and awesome power of a brutal dictator and his corrupt regime? The Day of the Orphan is not just a thrilling and entertaining read, it also raises a lot of serious issues facing us, and our younger generation, across the globe.
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