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Melanie halts her PR drive for Gerry book

MELANIE Verwoerd will not be doing publicity for her new book for the next few weeks.

The autobiography, When We Dance, which details her relationship with late RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan, is back on shelves after an injunction preventing its sale was settled.

However, publishing company Liberties Press said that they are holding off on publicity.

"The publishers are just registering interest concerning the book, considering all that's gone on," said a representative.

Liberties Press refused to comment on when Melanie (45) will be doing interviews.

While the court injunction may have slowed the availability of the book, it hasn't affected sales.

Bookstore chain Easons confirmed that it has been flying off the shelves since it was re- introduced on Thursday.

Verwoerd's autobiography, which charts the former Unicef director's life, provides details about her relationship with Gerry (53) before his untimely death.

David Kavanagh, a music promoter and close friend of Ryan, obtained a temporary injunction preventing its sale, claiming he had been defamed.

The injunction was settled after Ms Verwoerd agreed to include a clarification to acknowledge Mr Kavanagh was a good friend of Ryan.

On Friday one of Gerry's oldest friends, Dave Fanning, said that he would not be reading the memoir.

Verwoerd retorted: "People should read When We Dance and form their own opinion, based on the actual content."

Fanning's comments followed a string of critical remarks on Melanie's decision to publish intimate details.

Former Late Late show hosts Pat Kenny and Gay Byrne criticised her for revealing the RTE broadcaster's final days, while Frontline host Pat Kenny said: "I don't know why Melanie decided to do this. I think it's very sad that she has."

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