Coming this November: Peter Harris’ Birth: The Conspiracy to Stop the ’94 Election
It has been an open secret for some time that a new book by Peter Harris is on its way. It can now be confirmed that Birth: The Conspiracy to Stop the ’94 Election will be published by Umuzi in November.
The keen anticipation for this release follows on the remarkable success of Harris’s first book, In a Different Time. Published to huge acclaim in 2007, it rapidly achieved bestseller status and still is a constant seller. That a book about a political trial back in the 1980s should be described as reading “like a John Grisham novel”, and be called “the most wonderfully good book about South Africa I have read in a decade” − amongst its many accolades – says everything about how this author can write. That it won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, amongst others, says much about the regard in which book and author are held. In a Different Time will also shortly be available in the UK, Spain, and Sweden.
Small wonder then the expectation for Birth. Amongst the wonders of this book is the fact that one man should have been part of two such astonishing political stories in his lifetime. Peter Harris, the advocate of the Delmas Four whose story he tells in his first book, was later appointed head of the monitoring division of the Independent Electoral Commission that ran South Africa’s first democratic election in April 1994. That placed him squarely at the centre of everything that went on – and threatened, at every turn, to go disastrously wrong.
Recollected in calmer times, his blow-by-blow account of what happened behind the scenes when an entire nation was at a historical crossroads with everything at stake, is a much bigger story, but one that promises to be as riveting a read as its predecessor.
Sit tight until November – Birth will be here sooner than you know it!
- In a Different Time: The inside story of the Delmas Four by Peter Harris
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