Under our skin: A white family's journey through South Africa's Darkest Years
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Under our skin: A white family's journey through South Africa's Darkest Years

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Don McRae grew up in a South Africa where his father would call the black men he met 'boy' and where his mother insisted that their black servants used tin mugs, plates and cutlery as they ate the family's left-over food in the backyard of their grand suburban property. The McRaes, like so many white people, seemed oblivious to the violent injustices of apartheid. As the a...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published March 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jakey Gee
Very good.

What better way to learn about recent history than through a personal account? It's a bigger story than one man's tale though, thanks to harrowing reporting of internment cases (I had never heard of Neil Aggett) and of the bravery of all those subjected to state torture. All balanced - as a piece of writing - with touching moments from a likeable, good-on-you coming of age (Sonja was kind of how we all wanted it to first happen. Donald here actually got it).

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wow! I have read a bit on South Africa's apartheid history but this was an eye opening. So many things I was aware of. Such a shameful and tragic part of their history. I love there there were people who stood up for what they believed in, during a time when that could be a fatal decision.
I've been feeling an inexplicable attraction to SA for the past couple of years and I wanted to know more about it from a man who grew up in it! I loved the narrative style and the personal stories he shared! I certainly want to visit SA!
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Really good mémoire. Great mixture of the personal and the political. Worth reading
I relived my growing up in SA. The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly.
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Donald McRae was born near Johannesburg in South Africa in 1961 and has been based in London since 1984.

He is the award-winning author of six non-fiction books which have featured legendary trial lawyers, heart surgeons and sporting icons. He is the only two-time winner of the UK’s prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year – an award won in the past by Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch and Laura H...more
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