Meet The ‘Pavement Bookworm’

This young 24-year-old homeless man, Philani, sits on the side of Empire Road in South Africa and, rather than begging, he provides book reviews.

Philani collects all of these books, reads each of them, and then provides reviews for people who are passing by. If you like the review, he will ask if you want to buy the book. This is how he makes a living.

Pavement Bookworm

In the video (see below) Philani notes that “reading is not harmful. There is no thing as harmful knowledge” and highlights the virtues of reading, reminding us how much better a book can make a person’s life, a child’s life, and the life of someone in a care home for the elderly.

Apparently Philani’s favourite author is John Grisham because;

“he touches on social justice and I think that’s the one thing lacking in the world”.

Philani’s appreciation for the value of books was apparently inspired when he managed to rescue himself from drug addiction by reading self-help books. What an inspirational young man!


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