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The Lion and the Thesbian: The True Story of Prime Minister J G Strydom's Marriage to the Actress Marda Vanne

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Margaretha van Hulsteyn (also known as Scrappy) is the daughter of respected South African attorney Sir Willem van Hulsteyn, and 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, Apartheid, which endured for decades until his nephew, President FW de Klerk, in a volte-face, dismantled the laws of Apartheid.

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Book Condition No
SKU 9781928257356
Author Bloomberg, David
Dimensions 233mm x 155mm
Format TPB
Pages 334
Genre Biography: Historical, Political & Military
Language English
Publisher Bookstorm
Published 2017