This is a book I would take to a desert island with me, so much respect do I have for Mandela and the actions he took over so many years to stop Apartheid. My earliest grafitti was 'STOP APARTHIED' scratched into wet concrete at a nearby Bishop's residence. Coincidence? Yes, it's not often enough that a teenager comes across wet concrete. Though possibly not such a coincidence, given the support of the church in some forms, for that racist, divisive policy. Mandela needs no introduction and this is his story, in his words.
Biko by Donald Woods (later turned into the film Cry Freedom) is one of the most treasured, most eye opening books in my collection. I have written my name inside it, and 1990, and it has been signed by Wendy Woods, the author's wife who came to visit school.
This book comes in at a rangy 787 pages and this copy is a little ragged but the binding is still superfine.
Abacus, 1997 (first published 1994)