The remarkable story of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s courage, faith, perseverance and lifelong commitment to the liberation of the oppressed.
Tutu: The Authorised Portrait is a celebration of eighty years of the life of Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion have touched millions of lives around the world.
Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, and trained as a teacher because his family could not afford to send him to medical school, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960. He vigorously opposed apartheid and has dedicated his life to fighting all forms of oppression, advocating non-violence, peaceful reconciliation and social justice for all.
This extraordinary book features a biography by legendary South African journalist Allister Sparks, authorised by Desmond Tutu, and includes over forty interviews conducted by Tutu’s daughter, Reverend Mpho A Tutu, with close family, friends, colleagues, comrades and critics. Complemented by an unprecedented collection of images and unpublished artefacts drawn from Tutu’s private files, this is a phenomenal story of one man’s extraordinary life and work.