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Obama’s half brother writing memoir

books Updated: Jun 15, 2009 17:28 IST

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US president Barack Obama’s half brother, George, is writing a memoir to be published by Simon & Schuster in January next year.

George, who is 27 and lives in Huruma, Kenya, has the same father as the president. The two half brothers did not meet until they were adults, reports the China Daily.

The book is tentatively titled Homeland and will be written with Damien Lewis, an author and journalist.

The book will talk about George’s fall into crime and poverty as a teenager, before finding a passion for community organising.

“Even had George Obama not been our President’s half brother, his story is moving and inspirational,” David Rosenthal, Simon & Schuster publisher and executive vice president, said in a statement on Sunday.

“It is an object lesson in survival, selflessness and courage,” he added.

The publisher would not reveal how much it paid for the book, but someone with knowledge of the negotiations said it was in the six figures.