ROBERT MCBRIDE, the struggle continues

: Rostron (B.)

R 290.00
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358pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2019


First published in the UK in 1991 as Till Babylon Falls. This edition includes a new introduction and a new afterword that outlines McBride's controversial life post-1994.

Robert McBride led the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) unit that bombed the "Why Not" Restaurant and Magoo's Bar on the Durban beachfront in June 1986. He was sentenced to death and spent 1 463 days on Death Row before having his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. He was released in 1992 and was later granted amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The book covers the 1986 Jacobs substation bombing, the Durban beachfront bombings, McBride's trial and his time on Death Row.

"A story thick with tension between love and violence, newly relevant for our complex times." Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, author of Democracy and Delusion: 10 myths in South African politics

"A political thriller, biography and historic record all rolled into one." Marianne Thamm, assistant editor of the Daily Maverick and author of the memoir Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me

Journalist Bryan Rostron has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, the London Sunday Times and the New Statesman, as well as writing columns for the British political weekly Tribune and the magazine Private Eye. He is the author of five previous books, including the novels My Shadow and Black Petals. He lives in Cape Town.