ISBN 9780992201791
Pages 160
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2015
Publisher Cover2Cover Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

May I Have This Dance

by Connie Manse Ngcaba

May I Have This Dance was named an Honor Book for 2016 by the CHILDREN'S AFRICANA BOOK AWARDS Committee.

May I Have This Dance tells the courageous and moving story of Connie Manse Ngcaba, who grew up in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, where she became a nurse, community figurehead and a leading voice of dissent against the apartheid regime. Her sense of justice and morality, and her compassion for those around her, brought her into frequent conflict with the government, culminating in her being detained for a year without trial at the age of 57. It is also the story of the strength of family ties, and the triumph of Connie's love for her husband and children.

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“This book embodies courage and strength, but it is ultimately about love. Love of family, love of community and love of country. MaNgcaba takes us on a journey spanning eight decades of her life, having to navigate through the difficulties of life in apartheid South Africa. She teaches us the spirit of giving, selflessness and selfworth. Written with great warmth and humour. It is a heartwarming read.”

SIKI MGABADELI, Radio and television journalist

“As accounts of South Africa’s long, difficult 20th Century proliferate, far too little space has been accorded to the women whose lives were lived at the intersection of the political, the domestic, and the personal. Connie Ngcaba helps us to correct that record in fine-grained detail, reminding us how important it is to listen to your grandmother.”

NIC DAWES, Former editor of Mail & Guardian

"This inspiring autobiography is the story of a remarkable, strong, and courageous woman’s love of family, community, and country. It is the story of a life lived with deep compassion for all."

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