Search - List of Books by James Gregory

James Gregory (November 7, 1941 - 2003) was the censor officer and prison guard of Nelson Mandela for many years of his captivity.

Gregory wrote the book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, on which the 2007 film Goodbye Bafana was based.

In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela mentions Gregory on two occasions. The first was during his imprisonment in Pollsmoor Prison:
"Often, Winnie's visits were overseen by Warrant Officer James Gregory, who had been a censor on Robben Island. I had not known him terribly well, but he knew us, because he had been responsible for reviewing our incoming and outgoing mail. At Pollsmoor I got to know Gregory better and found him a welcome contrast to the typical warder. He was polished and soft-spoken, and treated Winnie with courtesy and deference". Instead of barking, 'Time up!' he would say, 'Mrs Mandela, you have five more minutes.'
The second occasion that Mandela mentions Gregory in his autobiography is on the day of his release in 1990 from prison:
"Warrant Officer James Gregory was also there at the house, and I embraced him warmly. In the years that he had looked after me from Pollsmoor through Victor Verster, we had never discussed politics, but our bond was an unspoken one and I would miss his soothing presence".


The Making Of video for the film Goodbye Bafana contains an interview with Nelson Mandela where he speaks of James Gregory as follows:
He was one of the most refined warders. Well-informed and courteous with everybody. Soft spoken. Very good observations. I developed a lot of respect for him.


Gregory's claims were disputed by one of Mandela's biographers, Anthony Sampson. Sampson's biography said that Gregory was pretending to be Mandela's friend in prison, so that he could make money. According to Sampson, the close relationship depicted in Gregory's book, Goodbye Bafana, was a fabrication, and in reality Gregory rarely spoke to Mandela. Gregory censored the letters sent to the future president and thus discovered the details of Mandela's personal life, which he sold in Goodbye Bafana. Sampson said that Mandela considered suing Gregory, but refrained from doing so when the Prison Department distanced itself from Gregory's book. Sampson also said that other warders had told him in interviews that they suspected Gregory of spying for the government. Mandela later invited Gregory to his inauguration as President, apparently having forgiven him as he had the former president Pieter Botha, and the prosecutor Dr. Percy Yutar who had tried to get him executed in the Rivonia Trial.
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Total Books: 40
Squashes How To Grow Them A Practical Treatise on Squash Culture
Victorians Against the Gallows Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Nineteenth Century Britain
2011 - Victorians Against the Gallows Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Nineteenth Century Britain [Library of Victorian Studies] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781848856943
ISBN-10: 1848856946
Genre: History
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Reformers Patrons and Philanthropists The Cowper-Temples and High Politics in Victorian England
2010 - Reformers Patrons and Philanthropists the Cowper-temples and High Politics in VIctorian England [Library of Victorian Studies] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781848851115
ISBN-10: 1848851111
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Gregory'S Conspectus Medicin Theoretic with an Ordo Verborum and Tr by J Steggall
Letters From Dr James Gregory of Edinburgh in Defence of His Essay on the Difference of the Relation Between Motive and Action and That of
Gregory's Conspectus
2010 - Gregory's Conspectus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152275799
ISBN-10: 1152275798
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Philosophical and Literary Essays
2009 - Philosophical and Literary Essays [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151124005
ISBN-10: 1151124001
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A Dissertation on the Influence of a Change of Climate in Curing Diseases
Conspectus Medicinae Theoreticae
2009 - Conspectus Medicinae Theoreticae (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150435966
ISBN-10: 1150435968
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Letters From Dr James Gregory of Edinburgh
2009 - Letters From Dr James Gregory of Edinburgh [v. 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150073366
ISBN-10: 1150073365
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Conceptus Medicinae Theoreticae V1-2
2009 - Conceptus Medicinae Theoreticae V1-2 [1794 - Latin Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781120180612
ISBN-10: 1120180619
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Additional memorial to the managers of the Royal Infirmary
2009 - Additional Memorial to the Managers of the Royal Infirmary (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217675185
ISBN-10: 0217675182
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2009 - Insurance Aspects of E-commerce [Research Study Group Reports] (Paperback)
Scriptores Logarithmici V2 Or A Collection Of Several Curious Tracts On The Nature And Construction Of Logarithms
Letters From James Gregory Of Edinburgh In Defense Of His Essay On The Relation Between Motive And Action And That Of Cause And Effect In Physics
Of Victorians and Vegetarians The Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-Century Britain
2007 - Of VIctorians and Vegetarians the Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-century Britain [International Library of Historical Studies] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781845113797
ISBN-10: 1845113799
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, History, Health, Fitness & Dieting
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My Last Walk Pictures and Prose by Paralysed People
2003 - My Last Walk Pictures and Prose By Paralysed People (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780954645106
ISBN-10: 0954645103
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Philosophical and Literary Essays and Letters
2001 - Philosophical and Literary Essays and Letters [Thoemmes Press - Scottish Thought and Culture, 1750-1850] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781855068797
ISBN-10: 1855068796
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Le regard de l'antilope
1999 - Le Regard De L'antilope (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782221079812
ISBN-10: 2221079817
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How to Perform a Psychic Reading - A Beginner's Guide to Reading Tarot Cards
Goodbye Bafana
1996 - Goodbye Bafana (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780747253426
ISBN-10: 0747253420
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law
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The Wallaces of Alabama My Family
1975 - The Wallaces of Alabama My Family (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780695805289
ISBN-10: 0695805282
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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