Biography (SA)

Front Cover of Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson
Zuma Exposed - Adriaan Basson

Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson is the book President Jacob Zuma does not want you to read. From Shaik to ‘The Spear’, award-winning investigative journalist Adriaan Basson reveals the truth behind Jacob Zuma’s presidency of the ANC and South Africa. From one bad decision to another, this explosive, roller-coaster account traces the unravelling of a likeable but deeply flawed leader who came to power as victim, not visionary.

ZAR80.00 
Front cover of Rule of Fear by Peter Becker
Rule of Fear - Peter Becker

Rule of Fear by Peter Becker is a fine biography and is the first detailed study of Dingane, King of the Zulu, the most controversial and least understood of all South African tribal kings. Dingane - the Needy One - rose to fame in 1828 after assassinating Shaka Zulu and usurping the Zulu throne, and in this exciting and often horrifying life-story, the author presents an objective and accurate assessment of Dingane's true character, and of the motives which gave rise to the treacheries and brutalities that have made his name notorious.

ZAR225.00 
Front Cover of Odyssey to Freedom by George Bizos
Odyssey to Freedom - George Bizos

Odyssey to Freedom by George Bizos is a spell-binding autobiography by one of the world's most admired human rights advocates. This story, told on a grand scale, unfolds from Bizos' daring rescue of 6 NZ soldiers from the Nazis as a boy in Greece. He arrives in Johannesburg together with his father, penniless and unable to speak English. He studies law at Wits and becomes an advocate, building a career on defending the downtrodden against apartheid abuses in a hostile justice system.

ZAR250.00 
Front Cover of Reminiscences of Kaffir Life and History and Other Papers by Charles Brownlee
Reminiscences of Kaffir Life and History and Other Papers - Charles Brownlee

Reminiscences of Kaffir Life and History and Other Papers by Charles Brownlee is a sketch of Brownlee's life, giving an account of many stirring deeds in which he took an active part.

ZAR700.00 
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Old Dusty of the Low Veld - George Campbell

Old Dusty of the Low Veld by George Campbell is based on the life of an old Prospecter who spent nearly fifty years in the Low Veld propspecting for gold. This book has an appeal all of its own, for here is a day that has gone and in the telling of "Old Dusty's" story, the author has, to quote Eldred Green, "himself panned some nuggets of pure gold"

ZAR150.00 
Front cover of A Merchant Family in Early Natal by Daphne Child
A Merchant Family in Early Natal - Daphne Child

A Merchant Family in Early Natal by Daphne Child examines the diaries and letters of Joseph and Marianne Churchill and includes a narrative of pioneering travels to Potchefstroom and the Soutpansberg. Includes contemporary sketches by M. Churchill.

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Front cover of My Fight Against Apartheid by Michael Dingake
My Fight Against Apartheid - Michael Dingake

My Fight Against Apartheid by Michael Dingake is the author's account of his childhood days in Botswana, to his recruitment into the ANC during the mass struggles of the 1950s; from his underground work for the ANC in the early 1960s, to his kidnapping, arrest and imprisonment in 1965. Much of the book is about his 15 years on Robben Island, a fellow prisoner with Nelson Mandela, and gives a graphic account of the conditions the political prisoners faced in their struggle to improve their lot.

1st edition copy.

ZAR350.00 
Front Cover of Die Dagboek Van H.A.L. Hamelberg by FJ Du T. Spies
Die Dagboek Van H.A.L. Hamelberg 1855-1871 - FJ Du T. Spies

Die Dagboek Van H.A.L. Hamelberg: 1855- 871 by FJ Du T. Spies is a retelling of the original diary by the consul-general of the Orange Freestate. Volume 33 in the first series of VRS Publications.  There is an English summary, translated by NG Sabbagha. Illustrated with b&w photos.

ZAR180.00 
Front Cover of Interfering in Politics by Andrew Duminy and Bill Guest
Interfering in Politics - Andrew Duminy and Bill Guest

Interfering in Politics by Andrew Duminy and Bill Guest is a penetrating biography of Sir Percy FitzPatrick that looks at some of the issues normally sidestepped in earlier biographies especially his involvement in the Jameson Raid and the South African war. His position as an advocate for mining interests during the Milner administration is also examined.

ZAR250.00 
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The Records of a Pioneer Family - Essex; William & Harriet with Arthur Rabone

The Records of a Pioneer Family by Alfred Essex, William Rabone and Harriet Rabone is a collection of letters and diaries of the Essex/Rabone family, giving an account of the pioneer life more than a century ago.

ZAR250.00 
Front Cover of All That Glittered by Maryna Fraser and Alan Jeeves
All That Glittered - Maryna Fraser and Alan Jeeves

All That Glittered by Maryna Fraser and Alan Jeeves presents, through a selection of the correspondence of Lionel Phillips, a complete picture of the career of one of the leading figures in the development of the South African gold mining industry.

ZAR180.00 
Front Cover of A Nature Conservationist Looks Back by Douglas Hey
A Nature Conservationist Looks Back - Douglas Hey

A Nature Conservationist Looks Back by Douglas Hey endeavours to provide a popular yet factual account of the origins and development of nature conservation in the Cape Province. Illustrated with b&w photos.

ZAR200.00 
Front cover of The First Son of South Africa to be Premier by Basil T. Hone
The First Son of South Africa to be Premier - Basil T. Hone

The First Son of South Africa to be Premier by Basil T. Hone tells the story of Thomas Scanlen, who served as the Cape Colony's Prime Minister for three years. The story of this man and the politics of a century ago will help readers understand the reasons why the problems southern Africa faces today are difficult, complex and delicate.

This copy has been signed by the author.

ZAR150.00 
Front cover of Tomorrow's Sun by Helen Joseph
Tomorrow's Sun - Helen Joseph

Tomorrow's Sun: The Smuggled Journal from South Africa by Helen Joseph presents the true story of her fight for equality for black Africans - and the humiliations and harassments she has been forced to suffer as a result. It is Helen Joseph's own story of how she became involved in the struggle against the apartheid system.

1st US edition copy.

ZAR180.00 
Front Cover of A Simple Freedom by Ahmed Kathrada with Tim Couzens
A Simple Freedom - Ahmed Kathrada with Tim Couzens

A Simple Freedom: The Strong Mind of Robben Island Prisoner, No. 468/64 by Ahmed Kathrada with Tim Couzens. During his incarceration, Ahmed Kathrada secretly jotted down quotations which he came across and liked: proverbs, aphorisms, poetry and drama extracts, and passages from books, magazines and newspapers. On Robben Island these quotations were like familiar freinds. They helped steel the soul within the stolen body - the authorities might control that body but they could not lock up the mind.

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Front Cover of Mandela by Alf Kumalo and Es'kia Mphahlele
Mandela - Alf Kumalo and Es'kia Mphahlele

Mandela by Alf Kumalo and Es'kia Mphahlele is the story of Nelson Mandela's life intertwined with an account of 41 years of the African National Congress Party. Text by Mphahlele and b&w photos by Kumalo.

ZAR150.00 
Front cover of On Circuit in Kafirland by Perceval M Laurence
On Circuit in Kafirland - Perceval M Laurence

On Circuit in Kafirland by Perceval M Laurence collects this colonial judge's writings in one volume. They represent some of the recreations, legal and literary of a colonial judge. Laurence says in his preface that the press received his previous literary endeavour kindly and "..with such complete indifference by the book buying public - if such an entity still exists - that I understand some 'remainders' are still procurable on very reasonable terms." This just goes to show that nothing has changed 100 years later.

ZAR1,250.00 
Front cover of Camp Life and Sport in South Africa by T J Lucas
Camp Life and Sport in South Africa - T J Lucas

Camp Life and Sport in South Africa by T J Lucas is a first rate account of life and warfare in the Cape during the 1850s, written by one who experienced the events described within these pages at first hand. The author of this book was a trooper in the Cape Mounted Rifles serving in South Africa-or the Cape Colony-in the middle years of the nineteenth century. The Cape Mounted Rifles were engaged in a succession of small but savage wars-known broadly as the Kaffir Wars-with the indigenous tribes of the region.

ZAR350.00 
Front cover of The Bang-Bang Club by Greg Marinovich & Joao Silva
The Bang-Bang Club - Greg Marinovich & Joao Silva

The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva tells the story of "The Bang-Bang Club" -  a group of white press photographers whom the authors themselves were members - who witnessed the bloody and vicious civil war that consumed the South African townships in the late 80s and early 90s. 1st edition copy.

ZAR300.00 
Front Cover of Zululand Wilderness by Ian Player
Zululand Wilderness - Ian Player

Zululand Wilderness by Ian Player tells the story of a profound friendship between Ian Player and Qumbu Magqubu Ntombela that took them along rhino, elephant and hippo paths, across the Black and White Umfolozi rivers, and into the domain of ancient Zulu kings

ZAR75.00 
Front Cover of Roots of a Game Ranger by Graham Root
Roots of a Game Ranger - Graham Root

Roots of a Game Ranger by Graham Root is the autobiography of a game ranger. Illustrated with b&w photos.

ZAR45.00 
Front cover of Sarah Gertrude Millin by Martin Rubin
Sarah Gertrude Millin - Martin Rubin

Sarah Gertrude Millin by Martin Rubin thoroughly explores the life of this vivid, vocifrous and controversial person. Through her novels and non fiction works she became a major interpreter of South Africa and its peoples and problems.

ZAR120.00 
Front Cover of The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law by Albie Sachs
The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law - Albie Sachs

The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law by Albie Sachs is an autobiography of Albie Sachs, who played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa. The book provides unique access to an insider's perspective on modern South Africa, and a rare glimpse into the working of a judicial mind. By juxtaposing life experiences and extracts from judgments, Sachs enables the reader to see the complex and surprising ways in which legal culture transforms subjective experience into objectively reasoned decisions.

ZAR350.00 
Front Cover of In Liefde en Trou by Karel Schoeman
In Liefde en Trou - Karel Schoeman

In Liefde en Trou: die lewe van pres. en mev. M.T. Steyn by Karel Schoeman is a biography of (South African) President Steyn and his wife Tibbie Steyn. Steyn is described by Schoeman as a unique person, and the first modern Afrikaner.

Afrikaans text.

ZAR350.00 
Front Cover of Kitty and the Prince by Ben Shephard
Kitty and the Prince - Ben Shephard

Kitty and the Prince by Ben Shephard is the story of the doomed love affair between Kitty Jewell, the white daughter of a Cornish mining engineer and Prince Lobengula, a black man. He was a member of a travelling show called Savage South Africa comprising African natives and wild animals brought from South Africa for the entertainment of the British public in 1899. The affair was a heart-breaking love story which at the time caused a scandal and filled the newspapers with disgust.

ZAR75.00 

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