Recommended by Debbie Clarke
Following last week’s sad news that Nelson Mandela had died, I thought it was fitting to re-read his autobiography, ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’. The first time I read this book I could not put it down. It is a fascinating insight into what motivated the former South African president. A lot of his autobiography was written in secret during his incarceration on Robben Island for 27 years and we learn just how his strongly-held beliefs kept him going during that difficult time. Mandela was an amazing man and well-loved because of his humility and his ability to forgive his enemies. As well as reading about his years in captivity it was also interesting to learn about his childhood, his dedicated training to become a lawyer and how he became involved in the ANC. The book also recounts the events which led him to be inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and what this meant to Mandela. This book shows just how special ‘Madiba’ was and how he overcame overwhelming adversity to bring the injustice of apartheid to an end.