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But writers keep seeing a vacuum to fill in this vast area of telling the Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela story. In his review of yet another Mandela book, critic Bruce Denill, writing in The Citizen Thursday, January 26 kicks off nicely: "It's debatable whether the world needs another book about Nelson Mandela.

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But alas, he goes on to make a case why the world indeed needs journalist Max du Preez's contribution, titled The Rough Guide to Nelson Mandela. This is the same Du Preez who, in his long and illustrious career, has read a dozen and one books on the life of the man he now wants to give the reading public a roughguide to.

In case he may have missed it, Du Preez would do well to remember that before this book of quotes, another award-winning journalist, Alec Russell, was receiving rave reviews for his April book, After Mandela. Well, it may not strictly have been about Madiba, but After Mandela, The Battle for the Soul of South Africa was borne of Russell's "deep knowledge of South Africa and his relationships with its mostimportant figures".

Yes, that is the argument - with his wealth of knowledge and vast experience, Du Preez should not have given us, what, just another Mandela book. He should instead have used his time to pen a second take on Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats, his literary gem of "more unusual stories from South Africa's past". It was written by political journalist Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob.

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Before the din from Russell, there was also a lot of brouhaha about the work of Time magazine editor Richard Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on Long Walk to Freedom. But more importantly, was Stengel's as his conversations with Madiba featured prominently in the ex-president's Conversations with Myself.

In it the children of South Africa share their thoughts about the man - illuminating stuff. Children were catered for again when writer Chris van Wyk did an abridged version of Long Walk to Freedom, with beautiful illustrations by Patty Bouma.


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Penguin Books publishers bequeathed us A Prisoner in the Garden, remember? Before the novelty wore off, I could garner enough courage to curl up on the sofa with the serious intention of reading a Mandela book. It was sold as: "An account of how the author was Nelson Mandela's gaoler for over 20 years. Despite opposing political views and Gregory's initial dislike of Mandela, the two gradually formed a firm friendship, becoming each other's confidant and source of comfort.

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