A sequel to the critically-acclaimed; ‘Long Walk To Freedom,’ the memoir of the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela, is penciled in for a 2016 release.
Based on a little known manuscript that Mandela wrote by hand, the posthumous publication which chronics his historic time as South Africa’s first Black president will be published, by Pan Macmillan, 20 years after his first, one of the best-selling political memoirs of all time, was published.
The book, the second volume of Mandela’s autobiography which, as yet untitled, will focus on how one of the political giants set about building a multiracial democracy out of the ashes of the racially-charged apartheid system.
Each chapter was carefully written by hand then given to his personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, to be typed. Corrections were then made to the manuscript, then Mandela, whose clan name is Madiba, penned a fresh draft. Mandela himself was determined to write part two on his own, beginning work on it in 1998 under the provisional title; ‘The Presidential Years.’
Verne Harris, director of research and archive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which is editing the book, said: “Madiba is pretty frank. He talks about the political considerations, saying that, in assessing the factors of his time at the helm and wanted very much to share just some of his deepest thoughts.”
The sequel is said to be very explicit royalties from the book will go to Mandela’s estate and the foundation.