'Ways of speaking can help heal or they can provoke; they can inflame passions or settle nerves.'
Professor Jonathan Jansen is fast becoming a household name in South Africa, for his critical and at times inconvenient voice. In this collection of articles previously published in The Times Jansen highlights the issues that confront our country – the issues we need to talk about. With humour, humility, occasional anger and a good dose of common sense Jansen discusses education, race and identity, the state of our nation, leadership and even sport. When asked what the secret of his controversial columns is, he answers, ‘A good column upsets half of your readers; the secret is that it should be a different half each time.’ Jansen takes his inspiration from a diverse group of people – statesmen, teachers, students, children and everyday South Africans he meets – and introduces us to them through these stories to bring us a vision of the South Africa we can build, if only we pull together and work to heal the wounds of the past. A book to make you stop and think … and then talk about his ideas around the dinner table, in the staffroom, in the classroom or on the bus.
All the royalties from this book will go to the No Student Hungry campaign at the University of the Free State.
What readers say:
Hi Prof, WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW, Thank you, thank you for the book encapsulating your newspaper columns. I've only ever managed to catch one "live", and so I've found this book fascinating - it HAS to be on the SA Best Seller list within weeks. I've only read as far as page 72, but the small wee hours were seriously riveting reading. Little that I have read, it's given me greater insight into your love of humanity, and it seems to me that maybe that's what took you into teaching in the first place, so that you could improve lives and give opportunities at 'foundation' level, for everyone to have the equal access to knowledge and thus long-term "good lives". Chris
Dear Prof Jansen, I read your book in a day. I could not put it down. I bought a second copy and have shared both. It is the most confronting yet hopeful read I have read in a long time. Thank you for what you have done and continue to do for our country. We NEED TO KEEP TALKING and your example helps us do that. Samantha
G/day Prof- I am reading your book "We Need to Talk". Started 10 minutes ago, now on pg 26 (too fast) great read. I handed out copies to 20 guests I invited to rugby last Saturday (incl. Prof Heideman). Man you say it true. On Monday I am handing a copy to my CEO. You have given UFS a good platform. Tony