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Long Walk To Freedom

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1st February 2024

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‘Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it’ Barack Obama

‘The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book’ The Times

‘Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity’ Andre Brink

‘Splendid… This is his story and the story of that struggle and a people’s victory’ Desmond Tutu

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela’s destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.


San Francisco Chronicle
An engrossing tapestry of recent South African history that grips the reader from the first pages... Riveting and sometimes painfully honest
One of the most life-affirming books you'll read
Beverley Naidoo, Times Educational Supplement
Absorbing reading... the work of a great politician who still retains the ability to reflect on himself as a mere mortal
Anthony Sampson
Indispensable ... a unique life-story
Barack Obama
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history - and then go out and change it
Sunday Telegraph
The autobiography succeeds because the vicissitudes Mandela has gone through in the course of his life are so dramatic that the reader cannot help responding to them as if to a fairy tale or moral fable of some kind. No hero of legend ever went through such protracted trials in order to arrive at so improbable a victory
Daily News
A tale of anger and sorrow, love and joy, grace and elegance
Sunday Tribune
An enthralling tale told simply, the story of one man's remarkable life and of a people which finally became free
Barbara Trapido, Spectator
Most searing in its portrayal of the harshness of the island prison and the author's yearning for family life... Most exciting in its descriptions of Mandela's period underground, including his clandestine journey through newly independent Africa
Publishers Weekly
This fluid memoir matches South African President Mandela's stately grace with wise reflection on his life and the freedom struggle that defined it... His belief in repairing his country inspires
This life of a man who has been a political activist for fifty years, in one of the most difficult and complex conflicts of the twentieth century, is a major achievement
The Economist
Mandela writes with rare and moving candour
Mary Benson, Daily Telegraph
An epic of struggle and learning and growing, it tells of a man whose idealism and hope have inspired a world prone to cynicism... [it] should be compulsory reading
Sunday Times
Enthralling...Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground
Caribbean Times
One of those masterpieces, perhaps the greatest of twentieth-century autobiographical literature, which is a sharp, poignant, elegant and eloquent counter to the prevailing cynicism about the rottenness of politics
Library Journal
This is an articulate, moving account of Mandela's life...Over a third of Mandela's memoir tells of his twenty-seven years in prison, an account that could stand alone as a prison narrative. He ends his book with the conclusion that his 'long walk' for freedom has just begun
This memoir is remarkably free of polemics, self-pity, and self-aggrandizement. It is the work of a man who has led by action and example-a man who is one of the few genuine heroes we have
Wole Soyinka, Times Higher Education Supplement
Long Walk to Freedom is, unexpectedly, a sociological treasure trove... a work of constant revelations
Geoffrey Howe, Country Life
A story that is at once appalling and inspirational: appalling in its depiction of the waste of human potential; inspirational in the triumph of the human spirit
Los Angeles Times
Irresistible... one of the few political biographies that's also a page-turner
Financial Times
One of the most extraordinary political tales of the twentieth century and well worth the investment for anyone truly interested in the genesis of greatness
Sir David Steel
A truly stunning account of his extraordinary life... A vivid testimony to an unusual mixture of courage, persistence, tolerance, and forgiveness
Washington Post
Riveting...both a brilliant description of a diabolical system and a testament to the power of the spirt to transcend it
Andre Brink
Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity... Unforgettable
Washington Post
A compelling book... both a brilliant description of a diabolical system and a testament to the power of the spirit to transcend it... One of the most remarkable lives of the twentieth century
Scotland on Sunday
A work of literature as well as an important document
Desmond Tutu
A splendid book... Justice, freedom, goodness and love have prevailed spectacularly in South Africa and one man has embodied that struggle and its vindication. This is his story and the story of that struggle and a people's victory. It is a fitting monument. It will help us never to forget, lest we in our turn repeat the ghastliness of apartheid
The Times
The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book...humane, dignified and magnificently unembittered