18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
19 June The Telegraph Nelson Mandela’s former PA hits out at ‘disgraceful’ government handling of his death
19 June The Guardian ‘Nelson Mandela’s rock’ accuses his family of freezing out Graça Machel
Zelda La Grange | Good Morning, Mr Mandela | Penguin 9780241004012 | hbk | R430
Penguin to Publish Memoir by Nelson Mandela’s Most Trusted Assistant, Zelda la Grange
Penguin is delighted to announce that they will be publishing Zelda la Grange’s Good Morning Mr Mandela, the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time.
Good Morning Mr Mandela’s publication date is 19 June, 2014.
On June 19 2014, Penguin will publish worldwide Good Morning, Mr Mandela, the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time.
Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet a few years after the end of apartheid she would become the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.
Helen Conford, publishing director, says, “This is a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”
Helen Conford acquired world English rights from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown. Good Morning, Mr Mandela will be published by Allen Lane. Frederik de Jager at Penguin South Africa will publish in Afrikaans as well as English. Clare Ferraro and Wendy Wolf will publish at Viking US.
A percentage of royalties from the book will be donated by the author to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Image courtesy of The Mirror
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Charlene Smith | Mandela : In Celebration of a Great Life | Struik 9781928213130 | hbk, 128pp | R350 | new edition, June 2014
Timothy Gibbs | Mandela’s Kinsmen | Jacana 9781431410651 | tpb, 224pp | R225 | May 2014
First published in the UK by James Currey Publishers
The old Transkei has long been considered a forlorn, barely relevant entity at the margins of South African history, a world of corrupted Bantustan bureaucrats and poor peasants. Tim Gibbs gently upends this myth, persuading us that we cannot understand contemporary South Africa until we come to terms with the importance of its “hinterland”. This book is bound to make you think about South Africa and the forces that have shaped it in ways you haven’t considered before. – Jonny Steinberg
Mandela’s Kinsmen is the first study of the fraught relationships between the ANC and their relatives inside apartheid’s
first ‘tribal’ Bantustan. Timothy Gibbs reinterprets the complex connections between nationalist elites and the chieftaincies, and overlapping ideologies of national and ethnic belonging.
In South Africa, like the rest of the continent, the chieftaincies had often been well-springs of African leadership in the early 20th century, producing leaders such as Nelson Mandela, who hailed from the ‘Native Reserves’ of rural Transkei. But then the apartheid government turned South Africa’s chieftaincies into self-governing, tribal Bantustans in order to shatter African nationalism, starting with Transkei in 1963.
Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts and untapped archives, Mandela’s Kinsmen offers a vividly human account of
how the Bantustan era ruptured rural society. Nevertheless, Gibbs uncovers the social and political institutions and networks that connected the nationalist leadership on Robben Island and in exile to their kinsmen inside the Transkei.
Even at the climax of the apartheid era – when interlocking nationalist insurgencies spiralled into ethnically based civil wars across South Africa and the southern African region – elite connections still straddled Bantustan divides. These relationships would shape the apartheid endgame and forge the post apartheid policy.