Outside In (Paperback)

By Peter Hain


Book details

  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication date: 28th Aug 2012
  • ISBN13: 9781849544108
  • Publisher size: B format
  • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 cm
  • Pages: 480
  • Illustrations: 8 pages

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Peter Hain has always spoken his mind – whatever the topic, whatever the cost. Growing up as the son of anti-apartheid South Africans, Hain was first in the public eye aged fifteen, reading at the funeral of a dissident friend hanged in Pretoria. Living in exile in Britain during his late teens, he led campaigns to disrupt whites-only South African sports tours. His political notoriety resulted in two extraordinary Old Bailey trials and a letter bomb. Now, Hain tells his story from outsider to trusted insider: anti-apartheid militant turned Cabinet minister, serving twelve years in Labour’s government. Featuring Iraq, Mugabe, Europe, Gibraltar, blood diamonds, MI5 and MI6, Wales and negotiating the historic Northern Ireland settlement, this is the story of a courageous, campaigning life.

Keith Somerville , Africa Journalism

“His account of growing up in apartheid South Africa in a family fighting racism and willing to put themselves in the firing line is fascinating”

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Martin Ivens, Sunday Times

“In terms of decency and principle, he was one of the best.”

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John Kampfner, The Observer

“Disarmingly understated … refreshingly honest … Peter Hain has lived life to the full, which is more than most of our politicians can say.”

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Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian

“Reads more like a political thriller than a memoir.”

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