I read it virtually in one sitting. A lovely, affirming story in the energetic language of
— Professor André Odendaal, Honorary
Trim size: 230 x 150mm
Page count: 264 pages
Publication date: 2003
Now Listen Here is the biography of Bill Jardine, ANC activist and campaigner against racism in sport.
The following words of praise for the book explain its nature perfectly:
Bill hated what history had done to the Coloured community. But more than anything else, it hurt him to see what many were doing to themselves — acquiescing to being Coloureds in their own country. They were Africans, just as he was, with rights, which had been won at a great price, including paying the ultimate sacrifice. Bill lived and died for all South Africans.
— Don Mattera, writer and poet
Bill was a team player and there were many others of equal passion and talent in his team. But this is Bill’s story: a story of sacrifice and courage; a story of humour despite often tragic circumstances. But most of all it is a story of a man who elected to be part of one of the greatest moments in South Africa’s history: the dawning of his freedom and ours.
— From the Foreword by President Thabo Mbeki
A fine contribution to both the literature and historiography of Johannesburg, it is a delight to read, from its charming account of Jardine’s childhood to the story of his adult political activism. Jardine’s tough, kindly and courageous persona is brilliantly conveyed.
— Professor Jonathan Hyslop, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research