Related to: 'Red Dust'

Virago

117 Days

Ruth First
Authors:
Ruth First

In prison you see only the moves of the enemy. Prison is the hardest place to fight a battle.' 117 Days is Ruth First's personal account of her detention under the iniquitous '90-day' law of 1963. There was no warrant, no charge and no trial - only suspicion. This sparsely written and unique record tells of her experiences of solitary confinement, constant interrogation and instantaneous re-arrest on release - lightened by humorous portraits of governors, matrons, wardresses and interrogators, seen as the tools of the police state.

Virago

Every Secret Thing

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo

A passionate witness to the colossal upheaval that has transformed her native South Africa, Gillian Slovo has written a memoir that is far more than a story of her own life. For she is the daughter of Joe Slovo and Ruth First, South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid white activists, a daughter who always had to come second to political commitment. Whilst recalling the extraordinary events which surrounded her family's persecution and exile, and reconstructing the truth of her parents' relationship and her own turbulent childhood, Gillian Slovo has also created an astonishing portrait of a courageous, beautiful mother and a father of integrity and stoicism.

Abacus

The Way Of The Women

Marlene van Niekerk
Authors:
Marlene van Niekerk

Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.

Virago

Facade

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo

Famous daughter of famous parents, Laura Weber, star of countless light comedies, is facing the most difficult role of her acting career: Hedda Gabler. There is no reason why Laura should not triumph. After all, she has survived greater challenges: the untimely death of her brillliant artist mother, Judith, and the world-embracing compassion of her father Leo, which left so little space for her. But from the past comes a stranger who challenges both her father's legendary reputation in international aid and the official version of her mother's death. Everything Laura has ever believed is suddenly in doubt. Could she, and the world, have been wrong about Leo? And if her beloved father is suspect, how much more so is her stepmother Margot, custodian of the family secrets? Locked in a battle for the truth, Laura is faced with the hardest task of all: she must strip away the star - lift the facade - and look within herself.

Virago

Close Call

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo

FWPC Janet Morris is in trouble - in her own police station - and even Kate Baeier is unable to help her. Is it because WPC Morris can't call for help? Or is it something even more sinister? After five years abroad as a war reporter, interviewing Chief Superintendent Ellis for a personality piece should be straightforward for Kate Baeier. And it is. Until she hears of WPC Morris' alleged rape - in Ellis' station - and begins to ask quetions. Evasions and silence quickly turn to threats as Kate, tenacious - and sometimes reckless - pursues all increasingly terrifying collision course with the truth.

Virago

The Betrayal

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo
Abacus

Triomf

Marlene van Niekerk
Authors:
Marlene van Niekerk

This is the story of the four inhabitants of 127 Martha Street in the poor white suburb of Triomf. Living on the ruins of old Sophiatown, the freehold township razed to the ground as a so-called 'black spot', they await with trepidation their country's first democratic elections. It is a date that coincides fatefully with the fortieth birthday of Lambert, the oversexed misfit son of the house. There is also Treppie, master of misrule and family metaphysician; Pop, the angel of peace teetering on the brink of the grave; and Mol, the materfamilias in her eternal housecoat. Pestered on a daily basis by nosy neighbours, National Party canvassers and Jehovah's Witnesses, defenceless against the big city towering over them like a vengeful dinosaur, they often resort to quoting to each other the only consolation that they know; we still have each other and a roof over our heads. TRIOMF relentlessly probes Afrikaner history and politics, revealing the bizarre and tragic effect that apartheid had on exactly the white underclass who were most supposed to benefit. It is also a seriously funny investigation of the human endeavour to make sense of life even under the most abject of circumstances.

Ruth First

Ruth First was a journalist and academic and, along with her husband Joe Slovo, strongly active in the anti-apartheid movement. She escaped South Africa in 1964. In 1982 she was working at a university in Mozambique. On the 17th August she opened a letter bomb addressed to her by the South African security police.

Virago

An Honourable Man

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo

In Khartoum the trumpeters, layers of red sand glittering on their faces, are posted at each corner of the palace roof. Trapped between the desert and the Jihad, oblivious to the heat and the impending dust storm, General Gordon is waiting, hopelessly, for Wolseley's camel corps to cross the shimmering land and rescue him. He begins to hallucinate betrayals and beheadings; unwittingly he is about to touch and change lives far beyond his own including those of a London doctor, John Clark and his wife Mary, and especially the young boy from the English dockyard slums who now stands beside him, his reluctant last ally.

Little, Brown US

Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations

Retha Powers
Authors:
Retha Powers
Abacus

In His Own Words

Nelson Mandela
Authors:
Nelson Mandela
Constable

The Serpentine Road

Paul Mendelson
Authors:
Paul Mendelson
Virago

Ice Road

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo
Abacus

War Child

Emmanuel Jal
Authors:
Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal was seven years old when he became a soldier and went into battle with the rebel army in Sudan's bloody civil war. Believing he was being sent to school, Emmanuel trekked his way to a refugee camp in Ethiopia where he became one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.After nearly five years of fighting, Emmanuel was smuggled into Kenya by Emma McCune, a British aid worker, and finally began to have a childhood and an education. When Emma died tragically, Emmanuel struggled to find purpose in life but eventually - through the power of prayer and music - he succeeded.From child soldier, to refugee, to rap star, War Child is one boy's incredible story of survival and triumph.

Virago

Black Orchids

Gillian Slovo
Authors:
Gillian Slovo
Virago

Celebrations

Maya Angelou
Authors:
Maya Angelou
Virago

Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry

Maya Angelou
Authors:
Maya Angelou

From her reflections on African American life and hardship in Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie to her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise, and her elegant tributes to dignitaries Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela (On the Pulse of Morning and His Day Is Done, respectively), every inspiring word of Maya Angelou's poetry is included in the pages of this volume.

Virago

Singin' & Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

Maya Angelou
Authors:
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this her third marvellous volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'.

Virago

Gather Together In My Name

Maya Angelou
Authors:
Maya Angelou