Remember Philani Dladla? A documentary about his pavement bookshop went viral a while back. Dladla sold books on the street of Johannesburg, but unlike your regular bookseller, Dladla would only sell books he’d read and would then price them according to how well he enjoyed them.

It’s been two years since his story inspired many of us to rekindle our appreciation for books and reading. Dladla has since launched the Pavement Bookworm Foundation, through which he makes books available to less privileged children.

You can now read his amazing life experiences in a book he published last year. Titled The Pavement Bookworm, the book tells Dladla’s story—from his struggle with drug addiction to finding peace and survival in books.

Congrats to Dladla! What a beautiful story.

You can read an extract of the book here:



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6 Responses to “Congrats to Philani Dladla! The Pavement Bookworm Publishes His First Book” Subscribe

  1. Felicia Reevers 2016/01/18 at 9:43 am #

    Congratulations to Philani. His journey has been an inspirational one.

    Having trouble finding a copy of the book, but did send a request to Amazon.

  2. Gugulethu 2016/01/21 at 12:41 am #

    Congratulations Philani you are a superhero in my book.

  3. Zime 2016/01/21 at 4:42 am #

    Where can I get my copies?

  4. Melikaya 2016/01/22 at 12:38 am #

    That’s really a great conquering human-spirit story. Well done Philani, you are such a role model brother. Keep it up and I am inspired by your achievement.

  5. Jerry Bvuma 2016/01/23 at 12:24 pm #

    Where can I buy the book? After reading the excerpt I can’t help it but just to marvel at Philani’s flair and resilience.

  6. Hanneke 2016/02/01 at 4:03 am #

    Amazon indicates out of print / limited availability – maybe print-on-demand is an option if someone can help him with that?

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