I read this when it was first published in 1997 after a wonderful conversation with the author at a book reading in Belfast, and read it again this year. She writes with exquisite fluidity and delicate touch about her upbringing, her country (South Africa) and its politics, and most of all about the ongoing tension between herself and her parents (the iconic anti-apartheid activists Joe Slovo and Ruth First). She documents with genuine feeling and emotion the consequences of her parents' political commitment both for them (murder, death and imprisonment, but also revolutionary political change) and herself (parental abandonment, but also deep and ever growing personal understanding, gratitude and pride in what they did). The issue of the conflict between the political and the personal has never been written about in such an illuminating and touching manner. This is the best book I've read in many, many years.