Recommended books on Apartheid

Apartheid has been a part of South Africa for many years. It is one of the most talked about subject in South Africa. Writers from different backgrounds have published books on Apartheid putting on their own perspective of the situation. The following books are recommended to get a good insight about Apartheid in South Africa.


Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan PatonCry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

It is one of the most famous novels in South Africa. It became the bestseller in 1948. The book is about a black man’s country under the rule of white men.


Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson MandelaLong Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is one of the most respected political leaders of the world. He has fought his entire life against the racial oppression in South Africa. He even won the Nobel Prize for peace. This books on Apartheid is an autobiography of this great leader. Here Nelson Mandela tells about his struggle, hope and triumph.


Kaffir Boy The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, by Mark MathabaneKaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, by Mark Mathabane

This is a story of life in the Apartheid period in South Africa. The author reflects his memory of this period. He was born in a place where there were gangs and midnight police raids. He slowly walked through this dark period and managed to live a healthy life.


Nelson Mandela, by Kadir NelsonNelson Mandela, by Kadir Nelson

In this books on Apartheid the author tells the story of Nelson Mandela, the global icon and how he struggled to change South Africa.


The-Soccer-Fence-A-story-of-friendship,-hope,-and-apartheid-in-South-Africa,-by-Phil-Bildner,-Jesse-Joshua-WatsonThe Soccer Fence: A story of friendship, hope, and apartheid in South Africa, by Phil Bildner, Jesse Joshua Watson

It is a story of a boy’s journey through the apartheid and post apartheid period in South Africa. The book tells how sports can bring people together.


books on apartheid
My Traitor’s Heart 
by Rian Malan

Rian was commissioned by Random House to go and write the story of the history of his clan, but he realised 100 pages in that the story was actually a memoir and it was about his struggle