In this fresh and highly readable collection of South African
biographical essays, a distinguished group of authors illuminates
the lives of eleven colourful, complex men and women whose personal
experiences throw fascinating light on the times in which they
The individuals whose stories are told here are very
different in time, in place and in work and at play, but are united
by an abundantly rich humanity and the myriad ways in which they
navigated their existence through the uneven terrain of South
Africa's distant and more recent past. Including colonial
administrators, activists, educationists, sportsmen, a poet, a
painter and a pilot, Illuminating Lives is a wide-ranging and
moving book that provides readers with striking and unexpected
insights into our history.
Here are some intriguing South African
lives well worth knowing about.
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