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Ad and Wal By Peter Hain

Ad and Wal by Peter Hain

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A valuable portrait of Peter Hain's admirable, freedom-fighter parents.

Ad and Wal Summary

Ad and Wal: A Story of Values, Duty, Sacrifice by Peter Hain

What would you do if you lived under the ugliest of regimes, a byword for repression and injustice? What would you do if you knew that you could stay safe only if you stayed quiet? Most of us like to think we'd stand up to fight against evil, and yet the vast majority of white South Africans either stood by and said nothing or actively participated in the oppression and carnage during apartheid. Ad & Wal is the story of two modest people who became notorious, two survivors who did what they thought was right, two parents who rebelled against the apartheid regime knowing they were putting themselves and their family in grave danger. Ad & Wal is the story of an ordinary couple who did extraordinary things despite the odds. How did they come to their decision? What exactly did they do? What can we learn from them? Peter Hain, MP and former Cabinet minister, tells the story of his parents - campaigners, fighters, exiles - in this searing and inspiring account.

Ad and Wal Reviews

"This book is a fascinating inside account of some of the key events and players of the apartheid years." Sian Griffiths, 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 "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 "[A] powerful tale of a couple who fought to make the world a better place." Port Talbot and Neath Courier "[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 "Much of the detail of this period, by the way, is based on Walter's own accounts in his diary. This is a diary that he wasn't supposed to keep, an order that he ignored in an early act of rebellion. Thank goodness he did, because not only is the first-hand account compelling, but his sketches are exquisite and would be impressive in any context, let alone having been drawn while on active service. Their inclusion in this volume is inspired - 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." Wales Art Review, Adrian Masters "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 "He (Hain) makes their day-to-day struggles much more personal than anything I recall hearing or reading myself." Interlib

About Peter Hain

Peter Hain is the Labour MP for Neath. He served as Leader of the House of Commons and as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for Work and Pensions, and for Wales in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is also the author of a memoir, Outside In, and a biography, Mandela.

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Ad and Wal: A Story of Values, Duty, Sacrifice by Peter Hain
Used - Very Good
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