A memoir that reads like a vel of the events before and after the 1964 Rivonia Trial when Hilda Bernstein's husband was acquitted but Mandela and the 'men of Rivonia' received a life sentence. This books conveys the combination of ordinariness and danger implicit in any totalitarian state.
Hilda Bernstein (1915-2006) met and married Lionel Rusty Bernstein in South Africa; they had four children. She was elected as a communist on the Johannesburg City Council; worked as a journalist; and helped found the Federation of South African Women. Hilda and Rusty escaped from South Africa to London in 1964 and remained there for the rest of their lives.