In April 1990, Father Michael Lapsley was the target of a letter bomb, losing both hands and an eye. Priest and Partisan, by Michael Worsnip, describes the experiences that led Father Lapsley, an Episcopalian priest, to join the ANC and how with humor and courage he fought his way back to life following his horrific injuries.
Priest and Partisan tells how a deeply religious man grappled with his commitment to pacifism in the face of what he came to recognize as one of the greatest crimes against humanity — the apartheid system. His involvement in the ANC often brought him into conflict with the Church hierarchy.
Michael Lapsley is now the director of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa - a voice for reconciliation in the post-apartheid era.