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Nelson Mandela in hospital for tests

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Nelson Mandela in 2008

Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital for medical tests, although the government said there was no cause for alarm.

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Philida, by Andre Brink

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Philida, by Andre Brink

It is not until the acknowledgements at the end of his Man Booker-longlisted 21st novel that the South African author André Brink reveals the historical roots from which it sprang: "[The slave woman Philida] worked as a knitting girl on the farm from 1824 to 1832," he writes. "The discovery that her master Cornelis Brink was a brother of one of my own direct ancestors, and that he sold her at auction after his son Francois Gerhard Jacob Brink had made four children with her, triggered this novel."

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