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Brutal School Ties The Parktown Boys’ Tragedy by Sam Cowen

Praise for book

“Sam Cowen has produced a searing exposé of the casual evil lurking in a community founded on fear and depravity.” Chris Gibbons

In September 2018, Collan Rex, the former water polo coach at

Parktown Boys High School, found guilty of 144 charges of sexual

assault and 14 of assault, was sentenced to 23 years in prison. It was

one year longer than he’d been alive. The story made front page

headlines. Rex was a young, good looking sports coach at a highly

regarded boys’ school, with over 100 years of history. He had

molested, assaulted and choked a boarding house full of school boys

into silence and shame. He left behind a vacuum of devastation. His

response in court? It had been done to him, in the same way, at the

same school. Brutal School Ties uncovers the school’s culture of

violence and initiation, shrouded in a code of silence. It follows the

trail of broken lives the victims, the parents, the teachers, the

matron, the house master who killed himself. And Collan Rex, the

abuser. For the first time, they will break that code, so that the ties

that bind us do not have to gag us.

About the author

Sam Cowen is a household name in talk radio,

having graced the airways for almost three

decades on stations like 94.7, Radio 702 and

Hot 91.9. She is also the author of bestsellers

Waiting for Christopher and From Whisky to

Water. Brutal School Ties is her second

collaboration with maverick publisher, Melinda


Media Enquiries

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Publication date: 26 June 2020

Price: R260,00

Pages: 250

Format: 234mm x 156mm

Binding: Paperback / softback

Category: Current affairs



Edition: 1

Impression: 0

Digital Edition

Price: R208,00

Epub ISBN: 9781928421016

Mobi ISBN: 9781928421023

* Price is subject to change

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