It might not seem so today, but Richard Steyn hasn’t always been a writer. He’s been that prolific.

The author of five books on big men and big events in SA’s distant past — a sixth came out this month — he’s known for his popular histories. But that’s only been in the past 12 years or so. A Renaissance man now in his 81st year, Steyn has been a sportsman, a lawyer, a newspaper editor, a scholar and spin doctor for a bank...

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