March 10

The Other Side Of Truth

Other side of truthThe Other Side of Truth, by Beverley Naidoo, relates the story of two young Nigerian children whose mother has been killed. Their father, a journalist, speaks out against the government, so the Nigerian police have him under constant surveillance. To ensure the children’s safety, he smuggles them out of the country to live with their uncle in London. But things do not go according to plan! The resources on this page will help you understand the novel and the real life events which inspired its creation.

The Other Side of Truth (brief introduction to the novel; awards received)

Beverley Naidoo – Biography (1 hour interview on bottom of page)

A short biography of Beverley Naidoo

Beverley Naidoo – FAQs

An interview with Beverley Naidoo about The Other Side of Truth (inspiration for the novel, research, treatment of asylum seekers in the UK, racism in South Africa). Another interview can be found here.

Writing The Other Side of Truth

Beverley Naidoo has a conversation with students about her novel

Analysis of the novel

The Other Side of Truth (Books for Keeps)

Beverley Naidoo talks about the death of a close relative

Ken Saro-Wiwa

Beverley Naidoo published her novel partly in response to the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed in Nigeria in 1995. His execution provoked international outrage, with Nigeria being suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations for three years.

The assassination of Ken Saro-Wiwa (Wikipedia) – includes a copyright image of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

The Guardian’s coverage of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death

Letter from Ken Saro-Kiwa in prison

Teaching resources

Questions on each chapter

Teaching resources for The Other Side of Truth

Dossier on The Other Side of Truth

Discussion Questions on the novel

Nigerian proverbs in The Other Side of Truth

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