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Title:
Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man
Written by:
Abdi AdenRobert Hillman 
Read by:
Abdi AdenJacob Warner 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
9 hours 6 minutes 
Published:
December 28 2017 
Available Date:
December 28 2017 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781460795231 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; Memoirs 
Publisher:
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
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A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy's survival against the odds.

Abdi was a happy-go-lucky fifteen-year-old when Somalia’s vicious civil war hit Mogadishu and his world fell apart. Separated from his family, he fled the city with countless others, heading for Kenya. The journey was a nightmare, Abdi and his friends enduring sickness, starvation and the violent assaults of death squads. After three months, Abdi and a mere handful of survivors arrived at a refugee camp in Kenya. But the place proved to be no refuge, so, desperate to find his family, he turned around and undertook the dangerous journey back to Mogadishu. When the search was fruitless he relied on his quick wits and the kindness of strangers to escape Somalia, first to Romania, then Germany and, finally, Australia. He was just sixteen when he arrived in Melbourne with no English, no family, no money. Against all odds, this extraordinary boy not only survived but thrived. Abdi’s story is one of hardship and struggle, but also of courage, resilience and heart-warming optimism. Shining will move you to tears, exhilarate you and, at times, even make you laugh out loud. Abdi, the boy who never lost hope, offers the gift of his tale to readers who want to believe that miracles still happen.

'Powerful and uplifting.'
Bookseller + Publisher

'Aden's odyssey belongs to our time ... Here is a man who counts his blessings and has an inspiring story to tell.'
Sydney Morning Herald