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The Lion & The Thespian - The True Story Of Prime Minister JG Strydom's Marriage To The Actress Marda Vanne (Paperback) Loot Price: R248
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The Lion & The Thespian - The True Story Of Prime Minister JG Strydom's Marriage To The Actress Marda Vanne (Paperback)

David Bloomberg

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Margaretha van Hulsteyn (also known as Scrappy) is the daughter of respected Pretoria attorney Sir Willem van Hulsteyn, and she's an aspiring actress. While studying in London after the Great War, Scrappy changes her name to Marda Vanne and enters into a relationship with one of the foremost actresses of her day, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies.

However, on a visit to her parents in the Union of South Africa, Marda meets Hans Strydom, an attorney and uncompromising radical politician with the soubriquet ‘The Lion of the North’. Their meeting changes the course of her life, at least temporarily… Strydom went on to become a principal progenitor of the harshest discriminatory legislation which endured for decades until his nephew, President FW de Klerk, in a volte-face, dismantled the laws of apartheid.

A work of biographical fiction, The Lion & The Thespian is based on the true story of the marriage of Hans Strydom, prime minister of South Africa from 1954 to 1958, to the actress Marda Vanne. Veteran author David Bloomberg (former executive mayor of Cape Town, and founder of Metropolitan Life), following extensive reading and research, has adhered faithfully to the chronology of the lives of the main protagonists, their personalities and the historical facts with which they were associated. Creative license has allowed Bloomberg to recreate appropriate scenes and dialogue, complemented by reported sources and recorded speeches.

General

Imprint: Bookstorm
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: September 2017
Authors: David Bloomberg
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
ISBN-13: 978-1-928257-35-6
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Individual actors & performers
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
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Books > Fiction > True stories > Romance
Books > Law > Jurisprudence & general issues > Legal history
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Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
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Books > Local Author Showcase > Politics
LSN: 1-928257-35-6
Barcode: 9781928257356

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