Letters penned in jail by Nelson Mandela reveal his anguish at being separated from his family, according to a British newspaper serialisation on Sunday.

The anti-apartheid icon wrote that he felt “soaked in gall” by being powerless to help his then-wife Winnie and his children when he was in prison from 1962 to 1990, in the letters printed in The Sunday Times.

The writings gathered in the collection Conversations with Myself, which is being published in Britain on Tuesday, also tell of the Nobel Peace laureate’s heartache at learning of the death of his son.

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