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99 Words

  • Published

    14 December 2011
  • Written by

    Peace Direct

Peace Direct are pleased to announce the publication of 99 Words, a compilation of contributions from 99 public figures all answering the question, “If you had breath for no more than 99 words, what would they be?” Proceeds will go towards our work in supporting local peacebuilders around the world.

The book is written by filmmaker Liz Gray after a serious accident left her with the inability to speak, read or write for long periods at a time.  Realising how precious words truly were, she turned to the 99 people whom she admired the most – writers, artists, musicians and political figures – for their words of wisdom.

These included Nelson Mandela, Yoko Ono, Diana Athill, Camila Batmanghelidjh, William Dalrymple, Wendy Cope, Ariel Dorfman, Maureen Freely, Maggie Gee, Maxine Hong Kingston, Steve Jones, Fergal Keane, Salif Keita, Ursula Le Guin, Richard Long, Ben Okri, John Tavener, Desmond Tutu, Jeanette Winterson, Robert Wyatt and Peace Direct’s very own Scilla Elworthy.


99 Words is on sale at £10.99 and 99 pence from the sale of each book goes to Peace Direct.

To hear more on the 99 Words project, tune into BBC Radio 4′s programme ‘Something Understood ’.

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