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Illuminating Lives

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August 2018
About the book: 
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 lived. 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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About the Author
Vivian Bickford-Smith is an extraordinary professor in the History Department at Stellenbosch University. He has published extensively in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South African history, especially in the area of urban history and social identities. His publications include three books on the history of Cape Town, Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen  and, most recently, The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century  (2016).

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