22 Oct 2017

Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years


In the exclusive London launch of the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, world-renowned actors bring Mandela’s reflections on his time in power to life, and a select panel including his co-author the acclaimed South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa and the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, and chaired by Jon Snow, discuss his legacy in a troubled world.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years draws heavily on the second volume of memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency (but was unable to finish) and tells the story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa. What are the enduring lessons that can be drawn from Mandela’s time in power? How can the landmark achievements of the Nobel Peace Prize winner inspire the next generation?

The book’s title, Dare Not Linger, is derived from the closing paragraphs of Long Walk to Freedom: “I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”


Alex Fane