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But he speaks so well: Memoir of a South African identity crisis – Ivan Johnson

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But he speaks so well: Memoir of a South African identity crisis – Ivan Johnson

Ivan Johnson unpacks his book 'But he speaks so well: Memoir of a South African identity crisis' (Camera: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

31st August 2021

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‘Already I had lost most traces of a typical ‘coloured’ accent. In time I would get used to overhearing, from some of the girls I flirted with, ‘But he speaks so well . . .’

Journey with Ivan Johnson in this memoir of an identity crisis as the high-spirited boy from a close-knit family on the Cape Flats comes of age amid the turmoil of ‘The Struggle’. Joining the lilywhite advertising industry, he ghosts from group to group, fitting in everywhere but belonging nowhere. Told with flair and irreverence, Ivan’s sharp eye and zest for life offers both food for thought and great entertainment.

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In an industry obsessed with youthful exuberance, Ivan Johnson was considered a veteran ad man twenty years ago. He still is – albeit now in the more accommodating environment of his own ad agency, 3Verse. Ivan is a multi-award-winning creative director and has represented the industry as juror and president at awards shows all over the world.

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But he speaks so well: Memoir of a South African identity crisis is published by Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers

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