New Arrivals 7th to 13th of February 2014

Renwick (R.) HELEN SUZMAN, Bright Star in a Dark Chamber
148 pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
The biography of liberal South African politician Helen Suzman (1917-2009). Helen Suzman was elected to the House of Assembly in 1953 and spent a total of thirty six years in Parliament. For thirteen of those years, from 1961 to 1974, she was the sole Progressive MP in Parliament, and for six years she was the only woman. She consistently challenged apartheid legislation and the security laws introduced by the government. Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, she was made honorary Dame Commander (Civil Division) of the Order of the British Empire in 1989.

Robin Renwick was British ambassador to South Africa during the period leading up to the release of Nelson Mandela, from 1987-1991. On the proposal of Helen Suzman he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of the Witwatersrand for services to the struggle against apartheid. He is now a member of the House of Lords.

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