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New Mandela book to be released in 2016

The book will be a fusion of Mandela’s draft manuscript and material found in the archives.

FILE: Nelson Mandela on 7 June 1990. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - It's been confirmed this morning the anticipated sequel to Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom book will be published next year.

Madiba's widow Graca Machel has welcomed the news saying the second book her late husband worked on but never finished covers an important period in his life.

Publishers Pan Macmillan say the autobiography will be a fusion of Mandela's draft manuscript and material from the archives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The book captures Mandela's journey from a tiny village on the banks of the Mbashe River in what is now the Eastern Cape, all the way to the Union Buildings.

As with his first autobiography, Madiba channels the story of the nation he led until his retirement in 1999.

The book is yet to receive a title, but promises to deliver a "deep personal insight into the man behind the international statesman."

Machel says the working title Mandela had in mind was The Presidential Years, and was always designed to be a sequel.

This is the fourth book Pan Macmillan will be working on with the Nelson Mandela foundation.