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Zelda la Grange has a singular perspective on Nelson Mandela, having served as his long-time personal aide, confidant and close friend. She is a dear friend to both of us and a touchstone to all of us who loved Madiba. Her story of their journey together demonstrates how a man who transformed an entire nation also had the power to transform the life of one extraordinary woman (Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary, Actor and Producer of "Invictus")
Uplifting. . . generally charming, occasionally faintly indiscreet, but always reverent. Surely no one but Mandela - with the possible exception of the Duke of Edinburgh - could have got away with greeting the Queen with a cheery: "Oh Elizabeth, you've lost weight!" (Sunday Times)
A searingly honest, moving and entertaining account of her years orbiting President Nelson Mandela... Between the rich anecdotes of Madiba's numerous encounters with the world's powerful, wealthy and (in)famous - which she witnessed at close range - as well accounts of his personal quirks, virtues, foibles and torments, La Grange's book sets out her own journey from naïve, completely unaware, conservative white South African to more conscious human being (Daily Maverick)
Compelling and ultimately heartbreaking ... her unguarded honesty allows her to tell a remarkable story (Telegraph)
A delightful, delicious read packed with anecdotes (John Carlin) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Zelda la Grange was brought up in the apartheid South Africa. Beginning as a secretary, she joined the first democratically elected President of South Africa as a Senior Ministerial Typist. She served Nelson Mandela over nineteen years, and was his Personal Assistant when he passed on in December 2013. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I really enjoyed this book. Zelda was a young shy Afrikan (white) shorthand typist when Nelson Mandela became President & he wanted to show his team would be made up of all races. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Zelda has given a wonderful insight into working with a man who only wanted his people and himself to be at peace with the world and not be terrorists as the white South Africans... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. M. F. Feltham
Very touching.... Amazon wants 18 more words for a review , ironically one of lessons in this book is "Less is More"Published 2 months ago by Michael
An really good account of personal experiences of Nelson Mandela. However, I wondered whether there was a need to be so explicit about his family issues?Published 4 months ago by Ditto
Great read, different from all the glorified Mandela books this one gives an insight from a white persons view and the way it changed her racist views. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tim Dawkins
enjoying reading this book and hearing how one person changed another's life and perception - this is Zelda's story and one worth reading about.Published 6 months ago by Erin Thompson
Great read. Nothing too gripping but nice to get an insight from someone who worked for Madiba so closely. Def worth a read if you have read long walk to freedom.Published 6 months ago by Paul