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Ad & Wal: Values, Duty, Sacrifice in Apartheid South Africa by [Hain, Peter]
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This book is a fascinating inside account of some of the key events and players of the apartheid years. --Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times

Hain, a former Labour Cabinet Minister, gives himself a minimal role in the book, referring to himself in the third person and giving all the credit to his extraordinary, ordinary parents. --Richard Dowden, The Times

The cover of Peter Hain's biography of his parents, Adelaine and Walter, shows a couple who appear utterly typical English-speaking white South Africans of the 1950s... yet somehow they lacked the willful blindness of all but a handful of their peers to the injustice on which their privilege rested. --The Independent

[T]his is a beguiling book that casts a light not just on the politics of the time but on human motivation... It is the small acts of cruelty and kindness that make this narrative so captivating. --The Observer, John Kampfner

There is much to like about this book and its stories of resistance among the white South African community, both in South Africa and in exile...a particularly interesting first-hand insight into the UK's vibrant anti-apartheid movement. --Progress Magazine

A revealing story about a couple who lived under the ugliest of regimes and were shocked by repression and injustice, galvanised by their own humanity to speak out. --Daily Post

[A] powerful tale of a couple who fought to make the world a better place. --Port Talbot and Neath Courier

Ad and Wal has the strong dramatic structure of a novel… Hain writes in a fluid and unadorned style… He has a good eye for telling details… This is a very personal story, as much a love story as one of protest and politics. --Adrian Masters, Wales Art Review

He (Hain) makes their day-to-day struggles much more personal than anything I recall hearing or reading myself. --Interlib

Ad and Wal has the strong dramatic structure of a novel… Hain writes in a fluid and unadorned style… He has a good eye for telling details… This is a very personal story, as much a love story as one of protest and politics. --Adrian Masters, Wales Art Review

About the Author

PETER HAIN is the Labour MP for Neath. He has served as Leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Wales in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is also the author of a memoir, Outside In.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5272 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTQ2ODO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter Hain's tribute to his parents' values, Ad & Wal, is a page turner giving insight into the apartheid regime in South Africa through the lives of a decent white family who could not understand or support the cruel and unjust behaviour towards their fellow man merely on the basis of the colour of his skin. It is a tale of people quietly and firmly doing the right and humane thing selflessly; a valuable insight and an easy read.Ad and Wal: Values, duty, sacrifice in apartheid South Africa
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This is an inspirational read. While it is a very personal story of two incredible people and their family it is also an insight into the injustices that happened in South Africa to the indigenous population. It reminds the reader that people who fought for the end of apartheid made huge sacrifices. The Hains made a great sacrifice by leaving the country of their birth, their parents, their extended family and the friends of many years. They held firm to their principles and paid dearly for it. The support they gave others in the struggle for freedom was incredible.
Their exile in England and their ability to settle into a new country without complaining and trying to make the best of their adopted land was very moving.
I felt very privileged to be able to read this. It was obvious that Peter Hain respected and loved his parents very much. The depth of affection shines through every page.
I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to be inspired, challenged and informed by a very moving and awesome story of two amazing people.
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A brilliant account of the effect of apartheid on caring white inhabitants. Very moving and a book to which I shall deturn often in the future.
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It is a great book on the history and brutality of apartheid in South Africa, but I found it too traumatic for bed time reading.
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very good book
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