This is Toubkin's self-portrait in his own words. Originally intended for his grandchildren that they may know their ancestry should they wish, but his life writing peers advised him that his life sketch could possibly interest a wider audience. Hence, Toubkin's memoir came to be published, serving dual purposes. Here we have Toubkin's own account of his life's journey - his humble origins which did not deter him from establishing the South bank International school. This truly developed later into the school without walls a unique and outstanding institution that affected international education. Imagine sitting around a campfire and grandpa Toubkin recounting this tale to his listeners. It is an honour to be privy to his finest and darkest moments and all the everyday ordinary moments in between. Devoid of embellishment, refreshing in its retelling Toubkin's very own folksy charm shines through. A definite must read whether lying on a beach, hunkering down at home on a cold snowy day or my fav sitting by the campfire and reading aloud.
by Beatrice Viegas