The Lighter Side of Life on Robben Island: Banter, Pastimes and Boyish Tricks


“Twenty years since the closure of the Robben Island prison , former Islanders reminisce about their shared past. This book is a collection of anecdotal conversations that reveal the lighter side of life on the iconic struggle symbol, the Robben Island prison. The narratives offer a peak into a different side of prison life ; how political prisoners coped with the drill of a monotonous existence and how, with the march of time, their experiences have become a subject of comic relief among themselves. Their stories range from their sporting activities to music, fashion, politicking and inevitably, their love lives, both real and imagined, of men cooped up on one of the most notorious prison islands in the world.” (Publisher’s note)

Publisher: Makana Investment Corporation

Date Published: 2012

Book Condition: Very Good+ soft cover in French-flaps showing edge wear, minor bumping, scuff marks to surface of covers and chipping and tears to bottom edge of spine. Otherwise a fine copy internally with previous owner’s inscription on the title page.

ISBN: 9780620540353

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