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Student Comrade Prisoner Spy
A Memoir
Bridget Hilton-Barber

12 Oct 2016

When Bridget Hilton-Barber got on a train to Grahamstown in 1982 to study journalism at Rhodes University, she had no idea of the brutal drama that would unfold.   A rebellious young woman, she became politically involved in anti-apartheid organisations and was caught up in the massive resistance and repression sweeping the Eastern Cape at the time. She ended up spending three months in detention without trial, and after her release discovered she had been betrayed by one of her best friends, Olivia Forsyth, who was a spy for the South African security police.
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Hulle noem hom Matrone - Sybrand de Beer
28 Sep 2016

AGTERGROND: Die outobiografie van Sybrand Rynhardt de Beer, "Hulle noem hom Matrone"�, behels die aanloop tot en die viering van die hoogtepunte in sy loopbaan as die eerste manlike matrone in Suid-Afrika (1976) en daarna, eerste vroedmeester in die land (1979). Dit was geskiedenis in die beroep van "n man in verpleging, destyds "n oorwegend vroulike beroep, in Suid-Afrika. Die boek lig mylpale in verpleging uit en beskryf die eiesoortige eise en beperkings wat destyds aan mans in die professie gestel is. Die leser kry "n blik op die professie van verpleging oor meer as 50 jaar.
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Some Rain Must Fall - Karl Ove Knausgaard
15 Sep 2016

The fifth book of Knausgaard's powerful My Struggle series is written with tremendous force and sincerity. As a nineteen-year-old, Karl Ove moves to Bergen and invests all of himself in his writing. But his efforts get the opposite effect - he wants it so much that he gets writer's block. At the same time, he sees his friends, one by one, publish their debuts. He suspects that he will never get anything published. Book Five is also a book about strong new friendships and a shattering love affair. Then one day Karl Ove reaches two crucial points in his life: his father dies, and shortly thereafter, he completes his first novel.
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Becoming Nicole
The Extraordinary Transformation of an Ordinary Family
Amy Ellis Nutt

15 Sep 2016

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn't long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were 'supposed' to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart.
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Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me
A Memoir of Sorts
Marianne Thamm

15 Sep 2016

Writer, journalist and occasional comedian Marianne recounts her unconventional life story with great honesty and humour. Born to a German father and a Portuguese mother who had immigrated to South Africa at the height of white rule, Marianne grew up tough amid Afrikaans neighbours in Pretoria's less pleasant suburbs.
Today, she is an outspoken feminist icon and the delighted mother of two.
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Fighting for Mandela
The Explosive Autobiography of the Woman who Helped to Destroy Apartheid
Priscilla Jana

08 Jun 2016

Priscilla Jana is a legendary figure in South African revolutionary politics. As an Indian woman who had experienced racial oppression first-hand, she decided to use her degree in law to fight for the rights of her fellow people and do all she could to bring down the Apartheid state - who saw her as a very real threat. At one time she represented every single political prisoner on Robben Island, including both the late Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie. Priscilla spent her days in court, fighting human rights case after human rights case, but it was at night when her real work started. As part of an underground cell, she fought tirelessly to bring down the hated government.
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Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist
A Memoir
N. Chabani Manganyi

08 Jun 2016

This intriguing memoir details in a quiet and restrained manner what it meant to be a committed black intellectual activist during the apartheid years and beyond. Few autobiographies exploring the "life of the mind" and the "history of ideas" have come out of South Africa, and N Chabani Manganyi's reflections on a life engaged with ideas, the psychological and philosophical workings of the mind and the act of writing are a refreshing addition to the genre of life writing.
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