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Launching Under Devil’s Peak

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Author Gavin Cooper with wife Maureen

Under Devil’s Peak by Gavin Cooper was released in late May 2016. It tells the story of the life and times of Advocate Wilfrid Cooper, a prominent legal name in South Africa in 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

The release was timed for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Hendrik Verwoerd in September 1966.  The assassin, Dmitri Tsafendas, was defended by Wilfrid Cooper, who saved him from the gallows. Wilfrid’s other high profile cases included those of Scissors Murderess Marlene Lehnberg, Steve Biko, Imam Haron and other political detainees who died in detention.

So far there have been two successful launches of the book in Cape Town. The first was held at Clarke’s Books in Long Street, with a full house of interested guests listening to Gavin, the author, talk about the process of turning his father’s life into an accessible and interesting popular history. This event was also the first time that Gavin Cooper, editor Russell Martin and publisher Tim Richman were together in the same room.

The second launch was held at Kalk Bay Books in Kalk Bay, with another full house, and this time Nancy Richards, the much-loved voice of books on SAfm Literature, interviewed Gavin. Another wonderful event.

Thanks to everyone involved!

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Nancy Richards interviewing Gavin Cooper at Kalk Bay Books

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Gavin Cooper signing books

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Editor Russell Martin, author Gavin Cooper and publisher Tim Richman

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Clarke’s Books storefront in Long Street with Under Devil’s Peak on display


Book details: Under Devil’s Peak: The life and times of Wilfrid Cooper, an advocate in the age of apartheid by Gavin Cooper

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EAN: 9781928230366

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