In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, thirty-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks Andre Brink, a young novelist of twenty-eight, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than two hundred letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literatureÆs most famous love affairs unfolds.
Patrick Conroy takes us on a journey to the highest mountain in the world, where one of the greatest tragedies in climbing history was about to unfold. Filled with photographs and sketches from his notebooks we become part of the 702 team sent to cover the South African Everest Expedition of 1996.
As a young boy growing up in Port Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s, Steven Robins was haunted by an old postcard-size photograph of three unknown women on a table in the dining room. Only later did he learn that the women were his fatherÆs mother and sisters, photographed in Berlin in 1937, before they were killed in the Holocaust.
In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, thirty-year-old Ingrid Jonker thanks Andre Brink, a young novelist of twenty-eight, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than two hundred letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literatureÆs most famous love affairs unfolds. JonkerÆs final letter to Brink is dated 18 April 1965.
She was confident and financially secure. When she arrived in London with her daughter she was hoping for a real relationship. But within days, things started to go wrong. Was it only in her head? She started a diary, evidence to reassure herself that she wasn't going mad. Trapped tells the true story of a strong woman's descent into abuse.
South Africa has seen a disturbing culture of acquiesce and silence develop after 1994. Such silence is largely driven by patronage and a misplaced sense of loyalty, especially to the ruling party. It is clear that speaking out has been left to a few voices that are seen as having nothing to lose.