Renewed interest in Mandela books

2013-07-04 00:00

FORMER president Nelson Mandela’s current ill health has renewed interest in his books, with bookstores around the city reporting increased sales.

Mandela has been in hospital for almost a month with a recurring lung infection. More than two weeks ago, the Presidency, which is responsible for the statesman’s health, reported that Mandela’s health had deteriorated to a critical level.

Three bookstores in the city revealed that many people have since renewed their interest in elderly statesman’s history.

Courtney Jackson, of Exclusive Books at Liberty Midlands Mall, said interest has picked up since his health began to deteriorate.

“We stock about 10 different book titles and we easily sell about five books about Mandela per week,” said Jackson.

Vanessa Munusamy at CNA at the Liberty Midlands Mall said they were almost sold out of Mandela books. She said people were interested in all books about the elderly statesman, both those he wrote and those other famous people have written about him.

Zanele Shoba of CNA at the Hayfields Mall said there had been a noticeable increase in sales since Mandela was hospitalised and that Long Walk to Freedom and No Easy Walk to Freedom were popular choices.

Exclusive Books Gateway bookseller Charnê Blair said they have had requests for books to be reserved and ordered.

“The interest seems to be for Long Walk to Freedom. I currently have 12 on order. We have even had people try to sell us limited edition Mandela books, however, our policy does not allow us to entertain such offers,” said Blair.

Jo Rushby, co-owner of the independent Durban book store Ike Books and Collectables, said while they have not seen any noticeable renewed interest in Mandela books, when they had signed copies or limited edition versions in the past, they would usually sell well.

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