John Carlin

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989-95 in South Africa as the Independent's correspondent there. He has also lived in Nicaragua, Mexico and Washington, writing for The Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, among other papers, and working for the BBC. He now lives in Barcelona, where he writes for El Pais.



Wonderful... Don't wait for the movie.
New York Times

A triumphant conversion... A portrait of South Africa's answer to George Washington... [It] works because Carlin got so close to Mandela and the people Mandela seduced.Simon Kuper
Financial Times

Revelatory... A tight, gripping and powerful book that shines a light on a moment of hope, not just for one nation but the whole world.
Daily Express

A fascinating story... Thirteen years on, it is possible to look back with emotion at a moment which suggested that everything was possible.Justin Cartwright
Sunday Telegraph

Mandela was already on his way to becoming the international icon that we have just lost, but this eloquent, affectionate tribute stresses his humanity, and in so doing makes him seem all the greater.

Carlin provides intriguing insights into his subject's personality and shows how he became "his country's indispensable man".
Sunday Times

The strength of Carlin's superb book is that it weaves many disparate strands into a humane and sensitive overview of a case that shocked the world... The detail is fascinating... Subtle and wiseMatthew Syed
The Times ‘Book of the Week’

Reads like a taut courtroom drama... Vivid, gripping and illuminating... For those in search of a full rendering of the case in all its complexity, Carlin goes a long way to delivering the goods.Justice Malala
Sunday Times

Impressively up-to-the-minute... The Pistorius case will continue to divide opinion and Carlin's book is unlikely to be the last word on the matter. But his evident fairness, cool objectivity and robust scepticism will make it a hard act to follow.

Simon Shaw
Mail on Sunday

Carlin's account is framed by the progress of the Blade Runner's trial, but it's also a de facto biography that exposes his psychological incongruities

The strongest of the accounts... and the best at supplying a context for what unfolded... Carlin, a fine journalist, is clearly aware of the filmic potential of the tale... and his recreation of that Valentine's Day morning has the pace and energy of a movie script

The best account we are likely to get of the tragedy and its aftermath, with proper attention to the role of the remarkable judgeRichard Williams
Guardian, Best Sports Books of 2014