Monday 22 January 2018

Good ol' boys close ranks on Melanie

Verwoerd struggled to get book published despite great interest

LIAM COLLINS

THERE was a "concerted campaign" to prevent the publication of Melanie Verwoerd's memoir of Gerry Ryan, according to close friends of the author.

The second half of the book reveals intimate details of their life together and his bitterness at losing out as host of The Late Late Show.

Most major publishers who read the manuscript showed great interest initially.

Then all but two small publishers turned it down after "taking soundings" from a group of what have been described as "good ol' boys" in influential media circles.

Separately, Pat Kenny, Dave Fanning, Twink and Louis Walsh have said publicly that it should not have been published and Mr Fanning said he would not read it.

The book, When We Dance, published by Liberties Press, went on sale last week within hours of Ryan's friend, music promoter Dave Kavanagh, withdrawing his application for a permanent injunction.

It is now said to be heading for the bestseller lists following the intense publicity.

It is now believed that Ms Verwoerd, a former South African ambassador, does not intend to promote the book on the 'chat-show circuit'.

It is believed she may be planning some low-key book signings outside Dublin.

Sunday Independent

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