Bandiet out of Jail

Hugh Lewin



Convicted on charges of protest sabotage in 1964, Hugh Lewin spent seven years in prison in South Africa, secretly recording his experiences and those of his fellow inmates on the pages of his Bible. On his release, these writings were published in London while the book remained banned in South Africa for many years. Hailed as a classic in African prison writing, Bandiet out of Jail contains the full text of the original, as well as poems and descriptions of Lewin’s experiences with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


He [Lewin] writes like a journalist who is a poet. Or should that be the other way around? And his gentle wry humour is a bonus. - Archbishop Desmond


Hugh Lewin is a South African writer and media trainer. He was one of the founders of the Harare-based publishing company Baobab Books.