Agent: Isobel Dixon
Hugh Lewin (1939-2019) was a journalist and anti-apartheid activist who served a full prison sentence for sabotage against the apartheid state, and left South Africa on a ‘permanent exit permit’ in 1971. Ten years in exile in London were followed by ten years in Zimbabwe. He returned to South Africa in 1992, became director of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, and worked as a freelance media trainer. He was also a member of the Human Rights Violations Committee of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
David Philip published his prison memoir BANDIET: SEVEN YEARS IN A SOUTH AFRICAN PRISON in 1989. He won the 2003 Olive Schreiner Prize for an edition updated with new material, BANDIET OUT JAIL. In 2012 his last book STONES AGAINST THE MIRROR won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize for non-fiction. Nadine Gordimer described it as ‘unforgettable, invaluable’.