McIntosh Polela at a book signing with fans. Photo: Supplied
Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela’s biography proved to be very popular with Pietermaritzburg residents who flocked to his book-signing stall on Wednesday.
A number of smitten young ladies, people who have suffered like him and adoring fans, surrounded the stall at Exclusive Books in Liberty Mall and shared their thoughts about the KwaZulu-Natal midlands-raised author.
In the book, Polela speaks about his life growing up in the rural village of Ixopo where he and his younger sister suffered abuse at the hands of their relatives while not knowing what had happened to their parents.
He later finds out that his mother, who he always thought would come and save them, had been killed by his own father hence the book title My Father My Monster.
While many adoring fans bought the book only on Wednesday at the stand, Khethiwe Mkhize came with her own copy which looked like it had passed through many hands.
“I saw in the paper that you’d be here today so I came. I had to see you in person. My son bought me this book for Christmas and I was so inspired by your story I think it should be turned into a drama. I’m raising orphans myself, if they could only learn from you that despite where they come from, they can be successful,” she said.
The book is currently a national bestseller and Pholela said he was humbled.
“When I started writing I never thought anyone would be interested in hearing my story. I am humbled by the people and more especially Mam’ Mkhize here who is inspired by my life,” he said.
“Doing this in KwaZulu-Natal, which is home to me, is even more exciting, I mean this mall Midlands Mall is mentioned in the book,” he said.