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My Only Story: The hunt for a serial paedophile

ISBN 
9781776095612
Format 
Epub
Recommended Price 
R280.00
Published 
October 2020
About the book: 
In November 2019, Deon Wiggett’s sensational weekly podcasts held South Africa in thrall as he hunted down the paedophile who raped him as a schoolboy. Now, in My Only Story,  he completes his exposé of Willem Breytenbach, the once brilliant teacher and later media luminary who led a predatory life.
 
Deon’s mission to expose his abuser takes him from Breytenbach’s high-school years at an agricultural school in South Africa’s hinterland to the famous Grey College in Bloemfontein and the media titan Naspers. But his quest reveals so much more. As he traces systemic failures through schools great and small, he uncovers a culture of complicity that poses a clear and present danger to the country’s children.
 
While investigating men who prey on boys and girls, Deon devises a model that anyone can use to identify paedophiles in their midst. In his own words: ‘It’s pleasant to pretend that men don’t rape children, but once you accept that they do, it becomes surprisingly easy to recognise their trickery. Once you match a universal pattern to a specific man’s profile, you can spot the deceit before it is too late.’
 
My Only Story  is a riveting, thoughtful and often irreverent account of one man’s determination to overcome childhood trauma; to help others face their demons; and to extract some beauty from the boyhood he lost.
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About the Author
Deon Wiggett was briefly a journalist before he left the industry for an eighteen-year copywriting career, during which he won awards from D&AD, The One Show and The Loeries. He is now a full-time writer and activist. When Deon is not on a soapbox, he lives in Johannesburg with his husband and their cats.