Christo Brand was a South African farm boy. Nelson Mandela, the black son of a tribal chief, raised in a rural village. Their opposing worlds collided when Christo, a raw recruit from the countrys prison service, was sent to Robben Island to guard the notoriously dangerous terrorists; Mandela was their undisputed leader. Two of them, a boy of 19 and a long-suffering freedom fighter then aged 60, should have become bitter enemies. Instead they formed an extraordinary friendship through small human kindness. In this book Christo tells the incredible and moving story of their unlikely friendship.
Christo Brand was the son of a farm foreman. He spent his early years playing with black and mixed race children on the farm in South Africas Western Cape and knew little about the cruel apartheid regime elsewhere in the country. He now lives in South Africa with his wife Estelle and their son Heinrich.