328pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2016) 2018
First published by the Van Riebeeck Society (now Historical Publications Southern Africa) in 2016 as "From Cattle-Herding to Editor's Chair, the unfinished autobiography snd writings of Richard Victor Selope Thema".
Richard Victor Selope Thema (1886-1955) was a member of the ANC from 1912 and served on its Natives Executive Committee. He was a founder of the All African Convention, was elected to the Natives Representative Council, and was the first editor of 'Bantu World' (today's Sowetan').
Alan Cobley is also the author of "Class and Consciousness: the black petty bourgeoisie in South Africa, 1924-1950" and "The Rules of the Game: struggles in recreation and social welfare policy in South Africa".