19 February 2010

You can't judge what's in Nelson Mandela's book by its cover

I used last week's post on you can't judge a book from its cover to advertise the fact that the Russian translation of my book, Lend Me Your Ears, is being published in Moscow TODAY - making it available to a potential market of about 170,000,000 new readers.

The day after that, I posted some comments on and a video clip of Nelson Mandela's speech after being released from prison in 1990, which reminded me that I have further proof that you can't judge a book from its cover.

Here's the cover of my copy of the illustrated edition of Mr Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom:


Open it up, and the first thing you see inside is a handwritten note from the great man himself:


Unfortunately, I wasn't there when he actually signed it. But a close relation did have the privilege of meeting Mr Mandela during his visit to London in November, 2000 - and got him to sign what was by far the most memorable Christmas present I received that year.

(N.B. Burglars and/or book thieves should note that this particular volume is not to be found on any of my book shelves - and that they would have to graduate to robbing banks to get their hands on it).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"(N.B. Burglars and/or book thieves should note that this particular volume is not to be found on any of my book shelves - and that they would have to graduate to robbing banks to get their hands on it)."

Drat!

Max Atkinson said...

Didn't realise that there really were crooks following my blog, but am grteful that I seem to have thwarted your evil intentions.

राघवेंद्र कुमार said...

Respected Sir,
May I use the Handwriting Sample of Nelson Mandella from your blog for my book on Handwriting Analysis? If you grant me your kind permission, i will be thankful to you. Please email me if you can otherwise no problem I will get from here.

Dr. Raghvendra Kumar
Gorakhpur, India