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The Hidden History of South Africa's Book and Reading Cultures, Archie L. Dick : book review

Volume 59, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Archie L. Dick's book entitled, is an important study on the development of book and reading cultures in South Africa over the past 300 years. That the book manages to carry the reader along on this contested and often conflicted history of South Africa in an engaging style is a credit to the author. While the text follows historical chronology, it is organised around eight themes; the opening chapter discusses the period between 1658 and 1800, and the final chapter explores a significant contemporary theme entitled, "Combating Censorship and Making Space for Books".

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