Lord Peter Hain’s new book A Pretoria Boy, is being released in South Africa this week by Jonathan Ball Publishers. Lord Hain is an Honorary Professor with the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET). 

A Pretoria Boy is the story of Lord Hain’s South African journey in politics lasting over 50 years, from anti-apartheid protester to Right Honourable Lord, from Pretoria childhood to senior British Cabinet Minister. 

His memoir describes the arrest and harassment of his activist parents and their friends in the early 1960s, the hanging of a close family friend, and the family’s enforced London exile in 1966. After organising militant campaigns in the UK against touring South African rugby and cricket sides, Lord Hain was dubbed ‘Public Enemy Number One’ by the South African media. 

Narrowly escaping jail for disrupting all-white South African sports tours, Lord Hain was maliciously framed for bank robbery and nearly assassinated by a letter bomb. In 2017–2018 he used British parliamentary privilege to expose looting and money laundering in then President Jacob Zuma’s administration, informed by a ‘Deep Throat’ source. 

‘Peter Hain’s engrossing, thriller-esque autobiography is a master class in how to pursue and achieve justice and freedom. Impossible to put down.’ 

– Justice Malala, journalist and author 


‘A tour de force of an extraordinary half-century of campaigning for justice.’ 

- Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and United Nations Development Chief


‘“Is there anything I can do to help?” A simple question that would once again place Peter Hain back in the centre of efforts to correct wrongs in the land of his birth. This book is a timely reminder that even when many battles have been won, the war against injustice is never over. As ever, Peter Hain remains on the right side of that fight.’ 

- Bongani Bingwa, 702 and Carte Blanche Presenter


‘Talk about courage and chutzpa – this young ‘un helped topple apartheid!’ 

- Ronnie Kasrils, former ANC underground chief and Cabinet minister


‘More like a thriller than a memoir of international solidarity

- Mavuso Msimang, ANC struggle stalwart


‘With first hand experience of apartheid racism and colonialism, Peter Hain consistently worked for the liberation of his childhood country. When our people needed him, he stood strong, principled and fearless against all odds. He remains a resolute champion in helping with current challenges, and cares profoundly for our future.’  

- Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza


‘From fighting for Nelson Mandela’s freedom to exposing his betrayal under Jacob Zuma, a 50-year story of constant campaigning.’  

- Sir Trevor McDonald, broadcaster


‘Much in this gripping story resonates with me over our common (African) childhood and exile in Britain.’  

- Natasha Kaplinsky, broadcaster


‘A stalwart anti-racist and anti-apartheid campaigner.’  

- Doreen (Baroness) Lawrence               


A Pretoria Boy will be available through Love Books in Johannesburg and The Book Lounge in Cape Town, both stores can receive orders over email and deliver within about a 20km radius respectively, or arrange shipping at a nominal fee.   

The book will be available through Bargain Books and Exclusive Books stores, and can be ordered via the EB online store, as well as through e-retailers Loot and Takealot

The ebook and audio edition are available through Amazon: Click here.

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