Good Morning, Mr Mandela

  • by Zelda la Grange
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Good Morning, Mr Mandela is the journey of an awkward young typist, later chosen to become the president's most loyal servant, spending most of her adult life travelling with, and caring for the man she would come to call Khulu, or 'grandfather'.
Here Zelda pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him. A man who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. Now she shares his inspiring gifts with the world.


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An amazing story, and a beautiful tribute

Would you listen to Good Morning, Mr Mandela again? Why?

Yes, Zelda learnt so much from Mandela, and I am sure that each time I reread this book, I will always pick up something new from it. I also loved accompanying Zelda through her journey with Madiba. It is a journey I would enjoy taking again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Morning, Mr Mandela?

It is very hard to pick just one. For example, I enjoyed the sweet funny moments with Mandela that just made me smile, for instance he was giving a talk that involved MacDonalds which he simply referred to as "the people who make the sandwiches". (He simply didn't eat at fast food restaurants so he would not have really known about Macdonalds). As well as those moments there are some real heart jerking moments when you remember just what Madiba has been through on Robin Island as a prisoner. In addition to this, you are seeing things through his secretary Zelda's perspective, who herself is being made free from the chains of apartheid that divided South Africa.

Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I do think that her voice was perfect for this book. I also loved the Afrikaans click every time she said Xhosa and some names that would usually be pronounced with that sound.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both! As I said there where those sweet funny moments with Madiba that just made me smile but I felt very emotional, especially towards the end of the book. I could really sense Zelda's heart ache around the time of Madiba's death. I felt especially sad in the way she was treated towards the end as it was not only insensitive but would not have been what Madiba would have liked. It did make me feel very sad, but then I was also happy looking back throughout the book at the amazing things this man and his secretary had accomplished. I do think it takes a very special book to make you both laugh and cry and this one certainly does!

Any additional comments?

This is a beautiful book, and I feel after reading it I appreciate who Nelson Mandela was that much more. It is personal without being intrusive. It is sensitive without being overly sentimental. It is a balanced account of an incredible journey between a President and his secretary in very challenging times as South Africa overcame Apartheid which is something that affected both whites and blacks. It is also a very important book in the history of South Africa and the world. I love it!

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- KittyB

Never thought this book would affect me

Not a book of adulation for nelson. An honest open & inspiring account of how one event can change your whole life for the better. I loved her honesty & self deprecating attitude. I was also delighted that at the end we actually heard her own voice

An inspiring & enthralling read I never expected it would affect me. Thank you selfs for writing this
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-06-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio