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Tafelberg to publish controversial radio and TV personality Rian van Heerden's first book

Rian van HeerdenRian van Heerden will be opening up about his most contentious moments in a tell-all book to be published by Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers, in October 2017.

Van Heerden is best known as a TV presenter and radio DJ. Since 2011 he has been the host of Jacaranda FM’s popular breakfast show Complimentary Breakfast, a position for which he won the 2014 Huisgenoot Tempo Award as Radio Personality of the Year. The announcement that he will be stepping down from the microphone in March 2017 elicited tremendous response, but he has promised that the months ahead would be his “finest year of radio, as he will be fulfilling his radio bucket list”.

Van Heerden’s book will focus on what he is best known for – controversial statements that often drive people up the wall.

In answer to the question, “Why write a book?”, Rian says: “I’ve always thought that I don’t have enough to say to write a book, but now I do. In fact, there’s so much I want to finally talk about that I could even write two books!” Why now? “After years of partying I have noticed that I am forgetting more and more, especially now that I am in my forties. I want to put the big and controversial things that happened in my life on paper while it is still fresh in my mind. Maybe it can help my godson, Jace, understand me better one day.”

Maryna Lamprecht, Van Heerden’s publisher, says Tafelberg is very excited to work with him to publish a distinctive book that will heat conversations all round.

“Everyone who knows Rian knows he is not afraid to say what’s in his heart. He likes challenging people’s perceptions on everything, from marriage to religion and sexuality. South Africans can look forward to a book that will have them on the edge of their seats, a book that will push the boundaries.”

The book will only be available in Afrikaans.

Image: Jacaranda FM