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I read it virtually in one sitting. A lovely, affirming story in the energetic language of Fietas and Eldos.

Professor André Odendaal, Honorary  


Book information

ISBN: 978-1-919855-08-0

Trim size: 230 x 150mm

Binding: paperback

Page count: 264 pages

Cost: R265.00

Genre: Biography

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 


Chris van Wyk