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Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country

Gillian Slovo

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The deeply moving memoir of the Slovo family which also encompasses much of the story of the Apartheid years.

A passionate witness to the colossal upheaval that has transformed her native South Africa, Gillian Slovo has written a memoir that is far more than a story of her own life. For she is the daughter of Joe Slovo and Ruth First, South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid white activists, a daughter who always had to come second to political commitment. Whilst recalling the extraordinary events which surrounded her family's persecution and exile, and reconstructing the truth of her parents' relationship and her own turbulent childhood, Gillian Slovo has also created an astonishing portrait of a courageous, beautiful mother and a father of integrity and stoicism.

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Praise for Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country

  • A luminous achievement - OBSERVER

  • Wonderfully moving ... anger, frustration, and the hunger for sharing wash her pages, though they never swamp the admiration for her parents - GUARDIAN

  • Gillian Slovo has written a brave book, as unsparing of herself as it is of her parents ... a moving testimony - Christopher Hope, INDEPENDENT

  • An extraordinary expression of the very nature of loving, which illuminates, with the anger and tenderness of deep emotion, that human territory we all occupy, and where we conceal so much from ourselves - Nadine Gordimer

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Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.

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