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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Squire Law Library is proud to announce that the author, Sir Bob Hepple, has donated to the Library, a signed copy of his remembrances of his epic legal and political struggle at the time of the Rivonia treason trials in South Africa in 1963. Sir Bob’s account of these turbulent events include his memories of Nelson Mandela and the ANC’s anti-apartheid campaigns.

Young Man with a Red Tie: a Memoir of Mandela and the Failed Revolution, 1960-63, Jacana Media, Johannesburg, will be officially launched at a function in Clare College later this month.  Here, Sir Bob will be in conversation with Mr Colin Turpin about his role as a lawyer and lifeline for Mandela and other underground leaders in the struggle against apartheid. They will raise the issue of his arrest at Liliesleaf Farm on 11th  July 1963, detention in solitary confinement and interrogation, and his escape from the most important political trial in South African history in which he faced the death penalty with Mandela and others.

Sir Bob was interviewed for the Eminent Scholars Archive in 2007-8.