The market may be satiated with books on Nelson Mandela, but this is something quite different, and very special indeed. When he was incarcerated in 1962, Mandela had no idea that he would then proceed to spend the next twenty seven years in jail. While in prison he wrote hundreds of letters: to prison authorities; government officials; fellow activists; to Winnie and his children. This book is comprised of 255 of these letters, most of which have never before been seen by the public. They have been assembled from collections held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African National Archives, and the release date, 10 July 2018, marks the centenary of his birth.
For many years he was only allowed to write and receive one letter of five hundred words every 6 months. Some, especially those to his family, are heartrendingly moving, and reveal how he dealt with the isolation from his loved ones, from the world; his love for and appreciation of Winnie, and how decade after decade he maintained a resilience and strength of purpose.