More About the Author
Marie Warder Presented With Lifetime Achievement Award
June 7, 2011 - The Bronze Killer Cited.
When Marie Warder (author of 27 books, in two different languages, English and Afrikaans)was awarded a Canada Medal of Honour in 1991, the accompanying 'certificate of honour' read in part: "Through Marie Warder's research and most noted book, The Bronze Killer, she has educated doctors and the general public about the disease. As a result, hemochromatosis is now recognized as Canada's most common genetic disorder, and routine blood tests for the disease may soon become standard diagnostic procedure."
More recently the book was once again mentioned when, in July 2011, in front of 200 guests at the International BioIron Society Awards Dinner held in Vancouver on May 27, 2011, she accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in furthering awareness of hemochromatosis within Canada and internationally. http://blog.toomuchiron.ca/chs/?p=51 Lifetime award.
Submitted by J. Hambleton (formerly of Imperani, original publishers of The Bronze Killer)
Before immigrating to Canada, she was listed among South Africa's top seven "favourite novelists" by a South African Book Club. She was certainly one of the most prolific. Mary Morrison Webster, book critic of the prestigious Sunday Times, once recorded among her recommendations, two books written "in time for Christmas--in two different languages." Mrs. Warder's biography is included in the Archives of the National Council of Women among "Notable Women of Johannesburg."
Locally, where she lives in British Columbia, she was familiar for many years as a chaplain at the Delta Hospital while, to most people in the rest of the world, she is known chiefly as the Founder and President Emeritus of both the Canadian and South African Hemochromatosis Societies, and the Founder and former President of the International Association of Haemochromatosis Societies. Few know that, before embarking on her two ground-breaking books on Hemochromatosis--made available, together, in 2000, in the 'new edition' of The Bronze Killer, the 'internationally acclaimed best-seller' (Delta Optimist), which contributed to her being awarded a medal of honor and certificate of honor in Canada--she was already the author of 13 very successful novels; three of them used in South African schools. Not surprisingly, many of her stories take place in and around newspaper offices for, according to 'The Journalist, she became, at the age of seventeen, the youngest chief reporter in the world, having sold her first newspaper article at the age of 11 and her first short story at 17. During her career as a journalist she interviewed some the world's most famous people.
All in all, it seemed that she had a good career ahead of her in her native South Africa, but when--just before her 17th birthday--Frederick Abinger (Tom) Warder, a handsome, tanned young man in an Air Force uniform walked into the newspaper office one day (see photo) her life changed radically. It was a clear case of 'love at first sight' and, after that meeting, her life would revolve about him. She played the piano in Tom's very popular dance band; he was wholeheartedly supportive of her writing. And whenever there was a sword fight to be fought in a novel, or a chess game to be played, it would be her husband who worked out the moves for her.
When he was 42, he suddenly became ill and, as she tells in the book, "The Bronze Killer," they had come to the end of the good times. For more than 28 years after that, except for a series of travel articles for a magazine she devoted her literary efforts entirely to the writing of more than 300 articles on the subject of Hemochromatosis, and to the production of patient literature for individuals, hospitals and other medical facilities. Her newsletters and brochures have gone out to more than 16 countries. Now she believes that she has done all in her power to promote awareness of the world's most common genetic disorder.
Late in 2003, motivated by the discovery of the tattered scraps of the only carbon copy of the long-lost manuscript of a book, she decided that she was ready to move on. "Storm Water" and "With no remorse..." were released simultaneously less than a year later. "Penny of the Morning Star" which was released in November 2010, was her 26th, and her 27th - April in Portugal - was published shortly after that. Of the 27, 24 are novels and three are non-fiction.
For a while after Tom's death, in South Africa in 1992, she wanted nothing to do with Haemochromatosis, but when in 1993 she was invited to the first World Health Organization meeting on "The Prevention and Control of Haemochromatosis", she accepted the invitation, and was very soon back on the campaign trail once more. Now unfortunately, after devoting the best part of her life to Haemochromatosis, she is not able to go back to doing what she likes best best(playing the piano and writing.)Due to severe chondrocalcinosis which has affected her hands, she creates her books and articles with the aid of a voice-recognition device; however, although she says that she has 'let go of Haemochromatosis', it will not let go of her. The phone still rings, and desperate people still call or write. The tail still wags the dog.
Her "Stories from South Africa" Novels have been highly acclaimed.
Stories from South Africa
THE BEAUCLAIRE TRILIOGY
Marie Warder delivers an amazing book!
From Marie Warder, writer of such bestsellers as Storm Water and With no Remorse.... one can always expect the extraordinary. In this regard, When you know that you know that you know!--an enthralling and very different romance, (if it can so be described)--is no exception. Set amid orange groves in the lovely town of Nelspruit, South Africa--among 'Bougainvilleas, Flame trees, Jacarandas and Poinsettias; Scarlet Flamboyant and Bottle Brush, yellow Bird of Paradise, crimson Erythrina, salmon, rose pink and white Oleander, interspersed by a riot of the sky blue, Duranta'-- the air is heavy with the perfume of orange blossom in this well-written novel with an unusual plot, unusual complications and an unusual conclusion. It is the story of a successful young American, one of the wealthiest men in the world, who travels to South Africa where, going in search of his brother, he finds God--and, so doing, finds himself! To say more would be to spoil for our readers what should prove to be a captivating read which will hold their attention from start to finish. Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger!
You have never read a book quite like this! It packs such a punch that at times it will leave you breathless!
Book Club Reviewer.
There are no half measures! Readers will either love this book - or hate it. None will forget it!
Marie Warder has done it again!
This spellbinding romantic novel fraught with misplaced understandings, unrequited love, and great sacrifice, is set in the first half of the turbulent seventies in South Africa. She quickly draws you into a story so compelling you won't want to put it down. Mrs. Warder writes of the power of God's wonderful healing grace at work in the lives of the characters as they open up in faith to the truth of His word. Her obvious love for South Africa, and her wonderfully detailed and descriptive language, make you want to go there and see it all for yourself. The characters are so endearing, I hope there is a sequel.
SAMARITAN OF THE SAHARA
The Beauclaire saga continues.......
In the stockade of an outlaw band in the Sahara desert, Doctor Dominic Verwey is introduced to the Bedouin chief as 'Sahbena el-Hakim'--my friend, the doctor. But he would very shortly thereafter earn a second name: that of 'Hamid Pasha'--protector and leader of his people, 'refuge of the refugee and sanctuary of the oppressed'. His main purpose is to settle a score with the unprincipled Arab, Abdel Sharia, who incarcerates innocent men in his labour camps and enslaves beautiful women in his harem....
Another novel in the Stories series by the author of 'When you know that you know, that you know: or the redemption of Benjamin Ashton' and 'Dominic Verwey--Samaritan of the Sahara'
The Kalahari provides the setting for 'The Yardstick'--Marie Warder's 21st book.
A great part of the story is played out among the dunes of the Kalahari Desert in 'The Yardstick', volume three of the enthralling Beauclaire Saga, in the Stories from South Africa series, but we also briefly revisit New York, Louisiana, Nelspruit, Johannesburg and Bethlehem, as the history of the Ashton family and their Nelspruit citrus farm continues. Now we find a disillusioned Benjamin Ashton--about to become a grandfather--forced to consider relocating the South African members of his family, which could well bring to an end what has been for them a blessedly happy era on their Lowveld citrus farm
In 2006, she marked the North American release of her 20th book, "Dominic Verwey--Samaritan of the Sahara" -- volume two of the Beauclaire Trilogy --and her ardent hope is that all her works will some day be available in South Africa, the country of her birth, and that physicians everywhere, will readily recognize the symptoms of the world's most common genetic disorder.
"Find us one person, and we have hope of saving a family," is the motto of the societies she has founded.