- Title: 30 Nights in a Shack – A Politician’s Journey
- Author: Jack Bloom
- Publisher: Staging Post
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2015
- ISBN: 9780994667625
- Bib. Info: Soft cover
The proceeds from all sales of this edition will go to uplift people in informal settlements. South African, Jack Bloom has been an elected member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature since 1994, and was Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Legislature from 2011 to May 2014.
He has a reputation as an activist politician exposing corruption, inefficiency and injustice. This book is a story of his journey when he became exposed to the cruelty of life in shack settlements. Following a devastating fire he spent a night in a burnt shack and then began visiting the most deprived and neglected areas in Gauteng, once every month, for two-and-a-half years. He spent 30 nights sharing the lives of people who live in shacks, and championed their cause so that we “don’t forget the forgotten”. It’s a fascinating and touching story as Jack finds his faith and mission in helping forgotten people.