Book on Oscar's rise and fall

2013-04-11 22:05

Cape Town - A book detailing the rise and fall of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius is to be published shortly after the completion of the athlete's trial, it was announced on Thursday.

The Oscar Pistorius Story will be written by renowned author John Carlin and will be published by Atlantic Books.

Carlin is known for writing Playing the Enemy, which tells the story of Nelson Mandela and his influence on the 1995 World Cup winning Springboks. Carlin was also co-author of the official autobiography of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, titled Rafa.

"As a former South Africa correspondent for the Independent and as author of the international bestseller Playing The Enemy, John is the ideal writer to do justice to all the many issues surrounding the Oscar Pistorius case and trial. We're delighted to be publishing his book and much look forward to working with him again," commented Ravi Mirchandani, Editor-in-Chief of Atlantic Books.

Pistorius, the double amputee known as "Blade Runner", is charged with murder for the February 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He is currently out on bail, with his court appearance scheduled for June 4.


  • Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-04-11 22:15

    OH come on. I'm sick of this now. First a documentary, now a book. What next a kid's TV show. the media seriously need to stop reporting on him until his actual trial.

      Kim Young - 2013-04-11 22:45

      true maybe we need a kids movie to show how not to murder your love one's

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-12 02:11

      This is all attention seeking narcissism from an athlete who thinks he's untouchable.. Sick!

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  • Kim Young - 2013-04-11 22:42

    wow now a book to be published, how much are you making publishing a book on O pisstorius ? must be millions..! i would like to publish the book of Oscars life in Prison..

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-12 08:58

      Because you know that he his guilty. You were there - you know what happened and you believe that it is your right to play judge, jury and executioner.

  • calliedj - 2013-04-11 22:43

    Innocent until proven guilty. It is very dangerous to assume that he is guilty, and this could bite a lot of people that are jumping to conclusions.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-12 00:56

      Innocent of what? He is not innocent of killing Reeva. Even if the court buys his version of events he still ended her life. How can you call that innocent?

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-12 02:07

      'Innocent until proven guilty??' I wish people would stop saying that. He DID shoot her - there is no question of that. He killed her....HE SAID SO..

      Gregory Tarboton - 2013-04-12 05:25

      Hey Callie, NEWS flash, he admitted to shooting her himself, that makes him guilty!

      Trav Griffie - 2013-04-12 09:10

      The issue is not whether he killed her. That is understood, and no matter what happens from here on in, he will have that on his conscience for the rest of his life. The question is whether it was murder, which means he shot to kill her, knowing it was her, or whether it happened as he has recounted the events - that he was under the impression that it was an intruder. We cannot judge him on that issue, and it is for the courts to find him innocent of that or not, based on facts presented in court, not in the media.

      calliedj - 2013-04-12 10:23

      @Trav thank you for explaining the point I was trying to make. Writing a book on his "fall" is assuming that he is guilty of premeditated murder, and if he is found not to be, he will be able to sue many people for defamation. And this includes statements made on social media.

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-04-11 23:26

    journalists,authors they'll do anything to get a story.they behave like vultures sometimes ,no respect 4 ppl's lives,privacy n am sure he'll want to interview reeva's family b4 the trial's over.

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-12 02:05

      Now I wonder who will be getting plenty of 'Monetary Royalties' on this story.. Give ONE guess.. Then the movie rights will hit the cinemas.. Watch this space!

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-12 00:59

    I won't be buying it, we know every little detail already and if you follow the trial that will go on for years you won't need to buy the book either.

  • Diran Pillay - 2013-04-12 01:17

    He will always be guilty in the eyes of all of S.A.

  • Lauren Rapoport - 2013-04-12 02:28

    if he makes money from the book.. Boycott it! if the proceeds go to Reevas mom, il buy it. she has lost the most precious person in her life.. money cant bring her back, but.. i hope she gets compensation financially.. she really needs every bit of comfort and support she can get. let the murderer of her child pay her for her pain.. i support them 100% he has so much money, and money will help to some degree. Steenkamps.. i hope u get some compensation, i think most of us feel that way for you.

  • Lauren Rapoport - 2013-04-12 02:42

    only if the proceeds go to Reevas parents will i support it

  • T-bos Man - 2013-04-12 04:29

    I remember saying something about and was wondering if someone would just print a book about all our comments on this story and Oscar will definitely have realised how life can change over night because of stupidity.

  • Magiel Maree - 2013-04-12 05:07

    Al is sy storie soos hy se het hy nog n moord gepleeg.Hoe verduidelik mens dit reg

  • Ricky Erasmus - 2013-04-12 06:02

    Ugh come on for real now, why all this hype about a athlete going from hero to zero, then every ordinary SA citizen can right their book of how he/she fell in life and started over again. Seriously this is news not even worth reading its disgusting actually. The only thing in the news for the past few months are shootings, murder rape etc. No wonder SA people are so negative about things.

  • Gregory Tarboton - 2013-04-12 06:12

    A couple of days ago we had the pity me article, life is so hard since OP shot Reeva etc. Now he is going for broke and going to make money out of the entire fiasco? How many will buy the book oyt of morbid curiosity hoping to learn the truth? There is but one truth, he shot blind through a closed door, not once or twice either, but four times!! That he has admitted himself, and that makes him a killer, where was the warning shot? Why didn't he call out to verify who was in the bathroom?

  • Gary Buy Nary - 2013-04-12 06:23

    To soon maybe?

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-04-12 06:23

    don't delay it on the shelves like Limpopo textbooks

      Ndumiso Mabaso - 2013-04-12 07:43

      I wont buy Oscar's book cause I consider him guilty as charged and I don't care who says what but on the contrary I will buy 1000 copies for a book on Julius Malema to display in every public toilet

  • Louise Barnard - 2013-04-12 06:33

    T Bos man if they wrote a book of all the comments made on the Oscar stories here on news24 it would be the most boring book ever written, a book filled with self righteous crap, judgement, hate, jealousy etc etc!! Stay strong Oscar!!

  • Kgahliso Mthimkulu - 2013-04-12 06:46

    Surely the profit will be distributed btwn only the publisher n victim's family personal a/c if so I'm in it

  • Louise Barnard - 2013-04-12 06:50

    Diran Pillay you have no authority to speak on behalf of an entire country!!! We dont all feel that way actually!

      Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-04-12 07:30

      If u disagree wit her comment r u saying tht wat tht OP did was fine killin a defenseless woman? Any person tht thinks hs Innocent clearly has no sense of logic!

  • Louise Barnard - 2013-04-12 06:55

    Why dont you all commenting here start a charity for the Steenkamp family if you all feel so strongly that they need money?

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-12 07:56

    No thank you. I like to read stories/autobiographies of heroes. Can't have my money this time round. I know the story which goes like this: legless runner can run fast and kills girlfriend behind door. No hero, no book thank you.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-12 07:58

    Will Oscar donate ALL PROCEEDS from the book to the Steenkamp family? If he does, I'll buy the book and shelve it. I know the story

  • Louise Barnard - 2013-04-12 08:03

    I am not saying that he is innocent of killing her, I think its obvious he shot her, he said he did!!! BUT i believe his side of the story, he made a mistake, he did not commit premeditated murder! Yes it was dumb to shoot at a closed door, but I can also understand why, we live in a very dangerous country where you are no longer safe in your own home, so there are lots of things to consider, its not cut and dry for me and I am not ashamed of that!!!!

  • jungleboy - 2013-04-12 08:45

    Boring read for long serving inmates only

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-04-13 13:16

    And fall? What fall, OP's legal issues are NOT related to his athletic career. How does one equate one with the other

  • Pamela Valemont - 2013-05-03 06:54

    Book released on March 20th - Numerology Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp A Double Tragedy Softcover available here on Amazon: But also available here on Lulu, where it is much cheaper Ebook available here at Lulu, Apple iBookstore and Nook $9.99:

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