213pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019
Memoir by South African human rights and class-action lawyer Charles Abrahams, recipient of the Edward Quist-Arcton Award and the Nelson Mandela Scholarship Award.
"A beautifully told, heartfelt story about hunger, sex, identity and legal idealism and creativity. When it ended I wanted more." Albie Sachs, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
"Vivid, honest, compelling ... Nobody has told the story of our violent past with such a clear sense of the present and such a hopeful vision of the future." Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University
Charles Abrahams grew up on the Cape Flats under apartheid, amidst gang warfare and domestic violence. After studying international law in the Netherlands he returned to South Africa determined to use class-action lawsuits as a weapon of social justice and has since sued multinationals in New York for supporting the apartheid government, fought food companies for fixing the price of bread, and secured a R5-billion settlement from the gold mining industry for miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis.