Knowing Mandela by John Carlin

Knowing Mandela

John Carlin

knowing mandela

 A personal tribute to the great Nelson Mandela, one of the iconic figures of our time, written by the acclaimed South Africa correspondent and author of the international bestsellerPlaying the Enemy  (filmed as  Invictus) who has been reporting on Mandela since the 1990s.


After serving twenty-seven years of a lifetime sentence for conspiring to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government, Nelson Mandela emerged to become both the catalyst and the symbol of post-apartheid South Africa. He served as the country’s first black president and has since been internationally acclaimed as a powerful and vigilant humanitarian.

John Carlin began covering South African politics while serving as the London Independent’s Bureau Chief in South Africa in 1989, and formed a relationship with Nelson Mandela in the decades since. Mandela has called Carlin’s journalism ‘courageous’ and ‘absolutely inspiring’. Now, Carlin reflects back on the man he has studied and admired for much of his career.

The book will begin with Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, and will end with the last time Carlin saw Mandela face-to-face in the early 2000s. Spanning decades, and chronicling both personal and national memories, Carlin’s tribute to Mandela is a fitting retrospective on a life well lived and its enduring legacy.

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989-95 in South Africa as the  Independent’s  correspondent there. He has also lived in Nicaragua, Mexico and Washington, writing for  The Times, theObserver, the  Sunday Times, the  New York Times, among other papers, and working for the BBC. His previous book,  Playing the Enemy, was the basis of the film  Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, which earned Oscar nominations for both Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

Price: AUD $24.99(NZ$29.99)
ISBN: 9781782394327
Format: Hard Cover
Publisher: Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic
Number of pages: 160
Publication Date: December 2013
Edition Number: 1


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