Books

Nelson Mandela’s Dare Not Linger publishes in the UK

Oct 19, 2017

Nineteen years after Nelson Mandela began writing about his years as president of South Africa, his new book Dare Not Linger has published in the UK

Drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish, Dare Not Linger has been completed by acclaimed South African writer, Mandla Langa, who used Mandela’s unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of previously unseen archival material to finish the book.

With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency, a country in flux and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the extraordinary story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcome to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

The title of the book is taken from the final sentence of Mandela's celebrated autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, in which he wrote: "With freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended."