Mandela's year on run

<p>Weidenfeld &amp; Nicolson has paid a six-figure sum for world rights in <em>Young Mandela</em>, a biography of Nelson Mandela covering the period before his imprisonment in 1962.</p><p>The book will be written by <em>Sunday Times</em> Magazine investigative journalist David James Smith. Publisher Alan Samson, who came up with the concept for the book, bought world rights from Georgina Capel at Capel &amp; Land. He will publish in February 2010.</p><p>Young Mandela will detail Mandela&rsquo;s life in the early 1960s, when he spent a year on the run preparing a campaign of violence to overthrow apartheid. It follows W&amp;N&rsquo;s Young Stalin, which has sold 13,153 copies to date through Nielsen BookScan.</p><p>&ldquo;A 27-year jail sentence is serious stuff, and I always had it at the back of my mind that there must be a back story about why the regime saw him in such a sinister light,&rdquo; said Samson, who published Mandela&rsquo;s Long Walk To Freedom for Little, Brown in 1994.</p>