A Prisoner in the Garden: Opening Nelson Mandela's Prison Archive

Author(s): Nelson Mandela Foundation


A prisoner in the Garden is a living record of Nelson Mandela's 27 years in prison. It includes rare photographs and video footage, Mandela's handwritten letter to family, friends and the the authorities, his personal diaries and notes, official records, medical records and legal documents. Together they form an extraordinary picture of prison life but, even more remarkably, of a man who, together with his close comrades, never gave up the fight for freedom and the vision of a liberated country.
First published 2005.


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Foreword by Nelson Mandela; Introduction by John Samuel; CHAPTER ONE: An Infinite Record - Secrets uncovered and stories retold; CHAPTER TWO: The Prison Archive - More than a simple story of an unjust incarceration; CHAPTER THREE: An Unlocking of Story - The archival threads connecting to old men; CHAPTER FOUR: A Closer Reading - Exhibiting the Prison Archive; CHAPTER FIVE: Walking in Freedom - The end of one story is the beginning of another; Sources and Permissions

General Fields

  • : 9780670029495
  • : Penguin Viking
  • : Viking Australia
  • : 0.865
  • : November 2005
  • : 235mm X 200mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nelson Mandela Foundation
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 968.065092
  • : 240
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military
  • : photos