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Summary

The incredible new novel from international best-selling author John Grisham.

One man

Seventeen-year-old Samuel Sooleyman comes from a village in South Sudan, a war-torn country where one third of the population is a refugee. His great love is basketball: his prodigious leap and lightning speed make him an exceptional player. And it may also bring him his big chance: he has been noticed by a coach taking a youth team to the United States. 

One hope

If he gets through the tournament, Samuel's life will change beyond recognition. But it's the longest of long shots. His talent is raw and uncoached. There are hundreds of better-known players ahead of him. And he must leave his family behind, at least at the beginning.

One chance

As American success beckons, devastating news reaches Samuel from home. Caught between his dream and the nightmare unfolding thousands of miles away, 'Sooley', as he's nicknamed by his classmates, must make hard choices about his future. This quiet, dedicated boy must do what no other player has achieved in the history of his chosen game: become a legend in 12 short months.

Global best-selling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in this gripping and incredibly moving novel that showcases his storytelling powers in an entirely new light.

©2021 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Critic reviews

"With every new book, I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions." (Entertainment Weekly)

"A master of plotting and pacing." (New York Times)

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Very different, not in a good way

I appreciate Grisham’s talent as I’m definitely a lifelong fan. This is not a typical novel of his, I’m 12 chapters in and I am trying to remain engaged about what’s happening in the story.
Narration is excellent, and the story itself is ok - but I want suspense, tension, high stakes well told when I pick up a Grisham. This title does not deliver.

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Disappointing.

Not at all what I was expecting. Great narration but not the kind of story I was expecting.

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You're asking me to review a book I've only just received. Don't be annoying.
I will make a general observation: the sound levels on all but a few of your books is far too low. This problem requires more concentration, and detracts from my enjoyment of the content. Even when the audio starts well, it soon dips below an acceptable level, and can't be boosted. It would be appreciated if this could be sorted out, very soon.

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What a performance!

Don’t expect a classic Grisham, but do expect a truly amazing and gripping feel good listen that will appeal to most readers - And sports fans.

Dion Graham’s narration is one of the absolute best I have ever heard. He made Sooley come alive and gave an a meeting performance.

Absolutely recommended.

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Misled by Audible

As someone with no prior interest in or knowledge of basketball this left me cold.

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Disappointing ending

Huge fan of John Grisham and this book deviated from the norm. The books ending was unexpected and not what I wanted. I didn't enjoy the book.

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Struggled through most of it but don't know basketball and only listened to hear the story of sooley. Gave up with one hour left of it.

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  • 11-06-21

Simply amazing!

I have read about 2/3 of John Grisham’s novels, and yes, though this is a different storyline from the others, but it is just as gripping.

My 13-year old son is an ardent basketball fan, and listening to this excellent narration by Dion Graham, makes me want to know more about the game.

Well done John, this is a masterpiece of a different kind, and the narrator takes you right into centre court with his superb narrating skills. I did not want to put the book down! I have to buy the paperback and convince my son to read it. He will love it too. Well done, Dion. I am looking for more books narrated by you!

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So it may not me about lawyers but

Really enjoyed this book. The characters were all believable and the facts about the basketball politics and process of the players progress were well researched. Didn’t go down the route of unscrupulous agents and that was refreshing. Recommended

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Enjoyed the Book

Really enjoyed Audible Book, totally gripping. Story was good until a very disappointing ending. Pity.

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  • 08-05-21

One of Grisham’s best!

Fell in love with the main character, and like that it’s based on a real life conflict that the world chose to ignore. Very moving, very well written and told.

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  • rosenberger Inbar
  • 20-05-21

Great Grisham, excellent narration!

Grisham at his best. A story that grips you and breaks your heart.
Dion Graham was PERFECT in every way!!

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  • C.Chaston
  • 02-05-21

Outstanding

A griping and moving story of talent overcoming great obsticals and dedication to his family