South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the late Nelson Mandela’s unfinished draft of a book about his presidency, envisioned as “a natural progression” from his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, which will be published as DARE NOT LINGER on October 24 by Farrar, Straus in the US. Pan Macmillan will release the UK edition on October 19, and rights have been sold to Rosinante in Denmark, Plon in France, Quadriga in Germany, Feltrinelli in Italy, Atlas Contact in The Netherlands, FYM in Norway, Marcador in Portugal, Aguilar in Spain and Volante in Sweden. As with Mandela’s previous books, the agent is Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown UK. The Bookseller says that Pan Macmillan acquired the book in 2015.
With a prologue by Mandela’s widow Graça Machel, the 320-page book tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s presidency from 1994-1999. Langa has drawn on “detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material.”
Also just announced for fall publication is Isabel Allende‘s novel IN THE MIDST OF WINTER, from Atria. The publisher tells the AP “the book begins with a snowstorm and chance meeting in Brooklyn and flashes back to Chile and Brazil in the 1970s,” telling a love story about a human rights scholar and an immigrant from Guatemala.