310pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016
The biography of South African advocate and judge Jules Browde (1919-2016), a prominent human rights lawyer under apartheid, and a friend of Nelson Mandela. A founder member and chairman of Lawyers For Human Rights, in 2008 he received the Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award for Service to Law in Southern Africa. Danile Browde is Jules Browde's son.
"Danile Browde's account of Jules Browde's life is rich, engaging, intriguing and delightful. Crammed with human and historical interest, it reveals Jules Browde as a large-hearted, generous man, whose expansive spirit encompassed warfare, politics, family and friendship across critical decades of our democracy's history and prehistory - but whose life, pre-eminently, was committed to elementary justice for all in our country." Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
"Browde writes a precise, elegant prose, warmed by an appealing candour and understated lyricism. His book is both a tangential biography and an amusing account of the perils and pleasures of learning to be a writer. In counterpoint, the voices of the 'young storyteller' and his grandfather show how a life is made in interaction and relationship, among family and friends, in the stories we tell one another and ourselves." Ivan Vladislaviç, author of "Portrait with Keys"