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The Verwoerd who Toyi-Toyied | Autobiography

Melanie Verwoerd


Melanie Verwoerd shares the gripping story of her political awakening and international career. When she openly supported the ANC, the Verwoerds disowned her and her family, even once she serves in parliament under Mandela. Melanie becomes SA ambassador to Ireland and eventually heads UNICEF Ireland – until the love of her life, Irish celebrity broadcaster Gerry Ryan, dies unexpectedly. The controversy surrounding his death leads to her dismissal…

This is the inspirational love story of a modern woman who made her own choices and lived by her own truth. It also goes to the heart of media, politics and power in the modern world. 

“Beautifully written …. extraordinary and brave” --  Roger Moore
“A lyrical love story” -- Desmond Tutu
“Will find readers among South Africans of all political persuasions ... a winning combination of intrigue, tragedy and humour” -- Jean Els (bestselling SA author)


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The Verwoerd who Toyi-Toyied | Autobiography

Author: Melanie Verwoerd
Category: Autobiography
ISBN: 9780624057383
Date Released: 20 May 2013
Price (incl. VAT): R 245.00
Format: Soft cover, 224pp

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Melanie Verwoerd

When Melanie Verwoerd was a pupil at Bloemhof Girls in Stellenbosch dedicating every spare hour to ballet, no one would have predicted that she would one...