This is a title about Soweto from inside and out. It is an effort to mark a century since the first forced removals of black Africans from central Johannesburg to the banks of the Klipspruit River. It is also in recognition of the limited books available on a world-famous city. Soweto's huge growth came in the post-war decades. One famous resident Walter Sisulu believed that the country's modern history is impossible to separate from that of its most famous township. 'The history of South Africa cannot be understood outside the history of Soweto the development of the township, and the trials and tribulations of its people are a microcosm of the history of this country.' The township became a focus of world attention in 1976 during bloody repression of student protests, and again during the violence of the Eighties. This title is a companion to a collection of journalists' stories about Johannesburg that was published in 2002.
Tim Butcher is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and proud supporter of South Africa.
British-born, he has climbed mountains in New Zealand, learnt enough Albanian to smuggle himself into Kosovo during the 1999 war and survived four years living in Johannesburg.
His first book, Blood River - A Journey To Africa's Broken Heart, told the story of an epic journey he made through the Congo. It topped the Sunday Times best-seller list in 2008 and was shortlisted for various awards from the Samuel Johnson Prize in Britain to the Ryszard Kapuściński Award in Poland.
For his new book, Chasing The Devil, he walked for 350 miles through Liberia along a trail blazed by a whisky-sozzled Graham Greene in 1935. He discovered, among other things, that Greene's life was saved there by his indomitable but unsung cousin, Barbara Greene. Chasing the Devil was published in 2010.
As a journalist he led the Daily Telegraph's award-winning reporting team in the 2003 Gulf War and was shortlisted for the prestigious Foreign Press Association reporter of the year award for his coverage of the 2006 Lebanon war. He is a regular contributor to the BBC's prestigious foreign affairs programme, From Our Own Correspondent. He lives in Cape Town with his family.
For more details and pictures from Tim's adventures and to contact him please go to: https://www.facebook.com/timbobutcher