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From a glittering life running Vogue to a mud hut in Ghana, a fashion icon now offers hope to thousands of lost children.

From a glittering life running Vogue to a mud hut in Ghana, a fashion icon now offers hope to thousands of lost children.

After an essay contest at 18 landed her a plum internship at Anna Wintour's British Vogue, within a year Lisa Lovatt-Smith became the youngest photo editor in the history of Conde Nast and at 21 she was tapped to head Spanish Vogue.

Lisa’s meteoric rise soon saw her attending lavish parties with celebrities like the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Andy Warhol. By her mid-thirties, she had a dream career, a wardrobe to die for, and a beautiful home in Paris.

But a decision to volunteer at an orphanage in Ghana changed her life- and many others forever. Confronted with the horrifying reality of trhe orphan's lives, Lisa is shocked out of her privileged life. She quits her job, sells her house and within18 months abandons her glamorous life to move to Ghana, determined to make a difference.

Today, Lisa lives in a mud hut in Ghana, from where she oversees her award-winning OAfrica, helping thousands of children separated from their families by poverty, AIDS or the exodus to the cities.

WHO KNOWS TOMORROW it is a powerful and inspiring true story of a remarkable woman who reminds us all of what truly matters.


Powerful testimony to what we could all achieve if we truly become change makers. The work Lisa does is so inspiring, and her book tells a fascinating story of struggle over adversity few of us could imagine.

Rachel Roy, Fashion Designer

Lisa's journey, her crossing worlds, made me realise that saving lives is just there within a hand's reach. We live in a world of possibilities and we each choose our own path. A story that deserves to be read.

Margherita Missoni, Fashion Designer

Everybody ought once in her life to change it radically in order to be useful on earth. Lisa did it totally. The amazing thing is that we admire her but she never makes us feel guilty. I have two words for her: Joy and Generosity. She is an honour to Humanity.

Ines de la Fressange, French Style Icon, Designer and Author

Abandoning the glamorous world of fashion, Lisa Lovatt-Smith moved into a hut in Ghana chasing the dream of helping others. How she got there and what she has been able to accomplish for children is nothing short of a miracle.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, NYT bestselling author of Three Little Words

Nothing and no one is sacred in this telling, except the children ... But in what reads like an emotional thriller, hard won victories break through the clay and lives are forever transformed.

Nana Brew-Hammond, Author of Powder Necklace

Lisa's story is an example to us all that anything can be achieved when you are driven by your heart.

Carlo Ducci, Features Editor at Italian Vogue

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    November 3, 2014

    Bantam Australia

    336 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook


    November 3, 2014

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

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