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Aher Arop Bol
Biographical info

Aher Arop Bol was born in a Dinka village in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Southern Sudan. The journey described in The Lost Boy is the author’s own. Bol now lives in Pretoria. He runs a spaza shop which enables him to pay his UNISA fees (he is studying law) and maintain his two brothers, with whom he has been reunited, at a boarding school in Uganda.

The rights for translation for the Italian edition of The Lost Boy was sold to well-known Italian publisher El Piemme after a vigorous bidding process. El Piemme is part of the Mondadori Group which have published bestsellers such as The Kite Runner and Michael Connelly's books in Italian.

The Lost Boy was translated into German as Mond über der Savanne, into Spanish as El nun perdut, and into Italian Il Ragazzo Perduto.

Mond über die Savanne

il ragazzo perduto


“This is a gripping read, not only for the high drama of Bol's survival but also because he holds the disrupted story together with dignity and passion.” – Jane Rosenthal, Mail and Guardian

“It’s an extraordinary tale of pain, desperation and, above all, survival against all odds.” – Drum magazine

“This story stays with me.” – Antjie Krog

Photo: Sam Reinders

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