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Arthur Japin
What Kwaku Knows

Japin’s contribution for Radiobooks is set in contemporary Ghana. It is 13 year old Kwaku’s birthday and he has high hopes for a special day. 

“All the boys in Kwaku’s class want to be footballers. So does he. Even more so now. Three months ago, an uburuni was standing at the field behind the school, watching them play. They had done their best. After the game, the man had beckoned to Michael, Kwaku’s best friend. He had visited his parents that evening. He gave them fifty dollars and some pocket money for Michael. He guaranteed that he would turn the boy into a professional footballer…”

What Kwaku Knows by Arthur Japin was translated by Michael O’Loughlin. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Arthur Japin

Dutch writer Arthur Japin was born in Haarlem in 1956. He studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam and drama at The Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the Amsterdam Theatre School. He acted on stage, screen and television for many years.

The publication of his debut novel ‘De zwarte met het witte hart’ (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi) in 1997 established Arthur Japin’s name as a writer.  The book sold over 150,000 copies and was awarded the Van der Hoogt Prize (1998) and the ECI Prize (1999). It’s been translated into numerous languages, including English, and adapted for stage, screen and opera.

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