July 18, 2018

Critics go gaga after going behind bars with Mandela

A collection of his prison letters gives great insight into Madiba’s humanity, and the foreign press is agog

Five will get you 10 that next year’s Alan Paton Award will go to my old colleague, Sahm Venter, who compiled and edited The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela (Penguin Random House). Coverage on the book and rave reviews in the local press have verged on mania, particularly as we celebrate the centenary of Madiba’s birth this week, but the notices in the foreign newspapers have been quite extraordinary, too.

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