Hugh Lewin's "Bandiet" (bandit) was a classic during apartheid - the story of a white activist, a member of the largely forgotten African Resistence Movement, who spent seven years in Pretoria Central Prison.
A deeply personal and utterly compelling account of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated the horrors of apartheid repression, written in English by one of the most acclaimed poets in the Afrikaans language.
In 1964, three weeks after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment, security police swooped on activists across the country - among them Jean Middleton, a schoolteacher and member of the banned Congress of Democrats.
Steve Biko died in detention at the age of 30, leaving behind him not just a political movement but a liberating mirror for the black men and women of this country.
"Our generation is fast disappearing", Nelson Mandela said at the recent launch of "Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime". But with more and more South African struggle biographies filling the shelves of bookshops and libraries, they are leaving behind a considerable legacy in print.
Three additional national orders have been created to recognise some of the extraordinary things done by ordinary South Africans. The Order of Luthuli, Order of Ikhamanga, and Mendi Decoration for Bravery complete the country's new set of national orders, created to express the new identity of the democratic South Africa that came into being in 1994.
The Parliamentary Millennium Project brings together an astonishing collection of ancient maps and artefacts, contrasting Western representations with earlier Eastern ones, and with African forms of social and cultural mapping, to shed new light on the history of "the dark continent".
One hundred years ago the first 'modern war', involving all the ugly signatures of 20th century warfare - guerrilla tactics, camouflage uniforms, concentration camps, attacks on civilians - ended in a small rural town south-west of Johannesburg.
An act of vandalism helped locate the grave of the man who wrote South Africa's national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. The discovery of the grave, now a national monument, ended months of detective work by Johannesburg officials, archeologists and historians.
Mahatma Gandhi, founder of non-violent resistance and father of India's struggle for independence from Britain, arrived in South Africa in 1893 and, between return visits to India, stayed in the country for 21 years before going back to his homeland.