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Student Comrade Prisoner Spy: A Memoir

Author Bridget Hilton-Barber discusses her book Student Comrade Prisoner Spy. (Camera & Editing: Darlene Creamer)

22nd November 2016


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When Bridget Hilton-Barber got on a train to Grahamstown in 1982 to study journalism at Rhodes University, she had no idea of the brutal drama that would unfold.

A rebellious young woman, she became politically involved in anti-apartheid organisations and was caught up in the massive resistance and repression sweeping the Eastern Cape at the time. She ended up spending three months in detention without trial, and after her release discovered she had been betrayed by one of her best friends, Olivia Forsyth, who was a spy for the South African security police.

Thirty years later, a horrific flashback triggers Bridget’s journey back to the Eastern Cape to see if she can forgive her betrayer and finally let go of the extraordinary violence she encountered in the final days of apartheid. This is her powerful story.



About the Author

Bridget Hilton-Barber is a well-known travel writer based in Limpopo province. She has worked as editor of South African Airways' inflight magazine Sawubona, debut editor of Lowveld Living, travel correspondent for Radio 702 and travel editor of Fairlady magazine. She is the author of seven books.



Student Comrade Prisoner Spy is published by Penguin Random House South Africa


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