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“Conversations with Myself”, a personal portrait of Nelson Mandela

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

This week we’re highlighting Conversations with Myself“, a personal portrait of one of the great leaders of our time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in his own words.

Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive, which offers an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

Conversations With Myself gives readers access to the private man behind the public figure: from letters written in the darkest hours of Mandela’s twenty-seven years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom.

Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings, or recording troubled dreams on the desk calendar of his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the anti-apartheid struggles in the early 1960s, or conversing with friends in almost seventy hours of recorded conversations.

In these pages he is neither an icon nor a saint; here he is like you and me. An intimate journey from the first stirrings of his political conscience to his galvanizing role on the world stage,

Conversations With Myself is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own voice: direct, clear, private.

Don’t have time to read? No problem!

We have Conversations With Myself in audio format as well. Click here to order online now and save up to 15% off the Recommended Retail Price.

About the author

Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies after 1948. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison and then later moved to Pollsmoor Prison, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically-elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.

Available from Red Pepper Books from the 12th of October for only R230 (Save R60!). Click here to place your order today…

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Chris Van Wyk’s Abridged “Long Walk to Freedom” for Children now available!

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

long walk to freedom abridged for childrenThe Long Walk to Freedom – the abridged edition for children by Chris Van Wyk is now available from Red Pepper Books for only R149 – buy online and save 12% off this price!

Nelson Mandela is a true hero of our times, loved and admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and for justice and peace throughout the world. This book tells the story of his life, from his carefree days as an ordinary village boy, to his unflinching leadership of the ANC. Abridged by acclaimed author Chris van Wyk and beautifully illustrated by Paddy Bouma, this is an important book bringing an inspirational man to life for a younger generation.

About the author:

Chris van Wyk was born in Soweto in 1957. He now lives in Northcliff, Johannesburg, and is a writer of poetry, books for children and teenagers, short stories and novels. He has won prestigious literary prizes for his work and his poetry has been published around the world. His 2004 childhood memoir SHIRLEY, GOODNESS AND MERCY became a bestseller and was turned into a successful play. Paddy Bouma was born in Cape Town. She taught Lithography and Illustration at the University of Stellenbosch until 2006, and has exhibited her work on numerous occasions. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books that have been published internationally. Paddy lives with her husband on a small farm in the Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch.

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Red Pepper Books interviews The Parlotones

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Our very own Judi Lopes was first in line to interview Kahn, lead singer of The Parlotones at the Barnyard Theatre in Fourways last night, the 31st of August.

Not only is Kahn the lead singer and rocker of this fabulous South African band, but he’s also an avid reader. His favourite book of all time is Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom, and he’s even written a song about it which features in their latest album Stardust Galaxies. Because Kahn is fascinated with fascinating facts, he’s currently reading Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything

Red Pepper Books will be sponsoring Kahn’s reading, which we’re all very excited about, including Kahn who shouted out “Red Pepper Books are the best” upon hearing this fantastic news!

Well done Judi, you made Red Pepper Books proud last night! And well done to Kahn and The Parlotones for making South Africa proud

Judi Lopes on left (complete with Vodka, lime and water in hand) and Kahn, lead singer of The Parlotones on the right

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