Reader's Choice

 

]Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela (Abacus, £8.99 in UK), is a moving autobiography, written by one of history's most famous freedom fighters. Ranging from descriptions of the small African village where he grew up, to his time spent in prison and to his discussions with politicians in South Africa, the book never loses its personally fascinating angle. It is an insight into South Africa's troubled history. There are many themes and ideas running through the book but what prevails is the reader's awe of this man who has endured so much at the hands of his oppressors and has still maintained a sense of justice and peace. I enjoyed this book because it is not only an intimate story of one man's bravery to pursue a dream he knew would one day have to become reality, but also a reflection on a successful freedom struggle this century.