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After years of interviews with sharecropper Kas Maine, and his neighbours, employers, friends and family, Charles van Onselen has re-created the entire world of a man who struggled to maintain his family in a world dedicated to enriching whites and impoverishing blacks.
"This book - a work of biography - seeks to establish some of the deep-seated personal, psychological, social and structural reasons that underlay one family's gradual move away from the Highveld into the twilight world of labour migrancy, peri-urban space and industry." (From the preface by Charles van Onselen)
The Seed is Mine was the winner of the 1997 Alan Paton Award. Other recipients of this award are Nelson Mandela, Jonny Steinberg, Albie Sachs, Antjie Krog and Ronnie Kasrils.