Book Review – The Road To Soweto

The Road To Soweto by Julian Brown (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-4314-2400-9

Having read a number of well put together histories of South Africa recently, I think I may have approached this book expecting too much from it.

The Road to Soweto is an interesting exploration of the 1976 uprising but there is nothing new in it as far as I can tell. It hits all the marks one would expect for its genre but and does so in a detailed and well researched manner. But it is not easy to read and is not particularly well written.

What seems to have happened here is that Jacana mistakenly slipped the jacket of a pop non-fiction book onto what is really more suited to be a text book. At best it is a well written academic article with and I believe this really worthwhile information in it.

However it is neither entertaining nor engaging in the way it should be. 

Christopher Dean
Posted on: 11th August 2016