244pp., illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2018 as Bloedbande, 'n donker tuiskoms.
A memoir by Wilhlem Verwoerd in which he writes about making peace with his family and dealing with the legacy of his grandfather, former National Party Prime Minister HF Verwoerd, assassinated in 1966. He reads old diaries belonging to his grandmother, Betsie Verwoerd, talks to friends and colleagues who suffered under apartheid, and to his mother about her experiences of the family.
"Filled with fascinating insights into the legacy of a man who represented good for his people, while entrenching himself as one of the cornerstones of evil for my people." Lukhanyo Calata, author of My Family Died for This
Wilhelm Verwoerd was born in 1964. He joined the ANC in the early 1990s and worked for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for reconciliation in Northern Ireland and South Africa.