Trim size: 220 x 145mm
Page count: 340 pages
Publication date: 2006
Fiercely driven, passionately idealistic and secretly tormented, the British priest Michael Scott was a key figure in the struggles against apartheid, colonialism and, later, nuclear weapons. His activities during his ministry in South Africa after the war led to his imprisonment there and he was subsequently banned by the apartheid regime, whose attempts to annexe South West Africa (now Namibia) he was instrumental in frustrating. His fervent — some would say quixotic — campaigning fervour also led to his deportation from India and to three prison terms in Britain.
Even in his lifetime
Although Scott was loved and admired by all those he sought to help and by those who supported he gave away such worldly goods as came his way with almost reckless abandon — his friends and fellow campaigners were often frustrated by his apparent determination to keep them at arm’s length. It was only when he knew he was dying that he could bring himself to admit to his oldest friend and mentor that his personal life had been blighted by the abuse he had suffered as a child.
In this extraordinary biography, Anne Yates and Lewis Chester bring to life a man who helped to bring liberation to millions, but was himself held captive by fear and doubt.