Marie Warder is the Founder and President Emerita: Canadian Hemochromatosis Society; Founder and President Emerita: Haemochromatosis Society of Southern Africa; and Founder and Former President: International Alliance of Haemochromatosis Societies.In May of 2011, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Bio-Iron Society for her pioneering work in spreading awareness of hemochromatosis.

At age 42, her husband became ill with hemachromatosis but he was not diagnosed with the disease until nearly eight years later, by which time, it was estimated, he had only twelve weeks to live. As a result she formed the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society in 1980 to alert the public to the disease known as 'bronze diabetes' which is caused by the body's inability to rid itself of excess iron. She self-published two books on Hemochromatosis (since made available in one volume, The Bronze Killer), and was awarded a medal of honour and certificate of honour by the Government of Canada. There is an educational interview with Warder and her husband Tom from 1983 at

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Since coming to Canada, she has devoted her literary efforts to the writing of more than 200 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 been distributed in more than 16 countries.

Marie Warder was born in 1927 in Ficksburg, South Africa. Enamoured of Winnie the Pooh stories as a child, she dearly wanted a pair of Wellington boots like those worn by Christopher Robin, but her father had died when she was six years old and her family could not afford the boots, no matter how much she pleaded with her older sister. The price tag of eleven pounds was too much. Upon meeting a journalist and learning, to her astonishment, that it was possible to make money by writing, she sold her first newspaper article to the Cape Argus at age eleven--and earned the eleven pounds necessary to buy the Wellington boots. She later walked into a newspaper office, begged them for a job, sold her first short story at age seventeen, and worked as a journalist in South Africa. Many of her stories involve newspaper offices. Four of her novels have been used in South African schools and she has been listed by a South African Book Club as a top seven 'favourite novelist'.

She later trained as a teacher and established her own school - a prestigious private school in Kempton Park, South Africa, called Windsor House Academy -- for which she served as principal until she emigrated to Canada in the late 1970s. She also played the piano in her husband's dance band for 33 years. Marie Warder's biography is included in the archives of the National Council of Women among 'Notable Women of Johannesburg'.

Marie Warder lives in South Delta, where she was chaplain at the Delta Hospital for seven years. She released her 20th book, "Dominic Verwey - Samaritan of the Sahara, in 2006, as part of her Beaclaire Saga (Stories from South Africa Series). Her 21st book is The Yardstick, a novel. [See below] As of 2014, she had published 27 books.

Undeterred by the onset of a neuro-muscular disorder that made it difficult to write, she dictated the contents of her fictional story Penny of the Morning Star (2010) in six weeks. According to publicity materials: "Penny of the Morning Star was commissioned more than fifty years ago for use by ESL students in South African schools. At that time it contained an English/Afrikaans glossary and comprehension questions, but even then students would rather discuss the characters--particularly why, in his early thirties the Morning Star editor, Paul Jansen was prematurely grey and his behaviour often so unpredictable. The author admits that she could not really explain those characteristics, even to herself, which is why she felt so strongly that what would now very likely have to be the last book she would ever publish, would have to be a re-write of Penny-not as a school book this time-and completely updated, while still set in the post-war 1940s. Having recently witnessed what happened to some of those very students after the Angolan War, she is finally able to able to understand that editor."

Originally written in Afrikaans, April in Portugal was translated and dictated by Warder in 2010 after she heard Julio Eglesias and others sing "April in Portugal" (Coimbra) on YouTube. "In order to claim their share of the estate left by their grandmother, a Portuguese marquise, Julieta and Carlos have to be able to prove that they are capable and worthy of taking their places within in the strict, conservative family circle. For this reason, the young Carlos, a student in England, and Julieta, who is in her late teens and happens to be living in South Africa at the time, are summoned to Portugal by the Marquis Ricardo de Monzaras. At the insistence of Julieta's friends, Erin March, who is the secretary to Julieta's lawyer, Cameron Monroe, accompanies the fiery young Portuguese maiden to Portugal, to keep an eye on her. There, amid the luxurious surroundings of Ricardo de Monzaras' estate, where one exciting adventure follows another, even the cool, sedate Ellen begins to thaw."



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Book Club awards in South Africa.

"THE BRONZE KILLER" was recommended by physicians and clinics in Canada and further afield, the book earned high praise for its author in her citation for the Canada Volunteer Medal of Honour and Certificate of Honour, which reads in part: "Through Marie'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.";


Warder, Marie (1989). The Bronze Killer: The Story of a Family's Fight Against a Very Common Enemy - Hemochromatosis. Imperani Publishers Publishers. ISBN 0-88925-885-6. (Updated in 2000 as The Bronze Killer: New Edition (Dromedaris Books, ISBN 9780968735800) including "Iron: The Other Side of the Story", a layman's guide to hemochromatosis)


Warder, Marie (2003). Storm Water. Stories from South Africa Series. Maple Lane Publishing. ISBN 978-0-921966-05-0.
Warder, Marie (2003). With No Remorse. Stories from South Africa Series. Dromedaris Books. ISBN 978-0-921966-03-6.
Warder, Marie (2004). When You Know -- that You Know, that You Know!. Stories from South Africa 3. Maple Lane Publishing. ISBN 978-0-921966-09-8.
Warder, Marie (2004). Tarnished Idols. Stories from South Africa. Dromedaris Books. ISBN 978-0-921966-07-4.
Warder, Marie (2006). Dominic Verwey Samaritan of the Sahara. Stories from South Africa 5. Booksurge Llc. ISBN 978-0-9733625-0-3.
Warder, Marie (2007). The Yardstick. Stories from South Africa Series. Booksurge Llc. ISBN 978-0-9733625-1-0.
Warder, Marie (2010). Penny of the Morning Star: The Story of a Girl Reporter in the Nineteen Forties. Stories from South Africa. Maple Lane Publishing.
Warder, Marie (2011). April in Portugal. Dromedaris Books. ISBN 978-0-9733625-4-1.

In Afrikaans

Warder, Marie (1953). Klei-Voete [Feet of Clay]. Die Goeie Hoop Uitgewers. ASIN B0040MIFXS.
Warder, Marie (1954). Samaritaan van die Sahara [Samaritan of the Sahara]. Johannesburg: Dagbreek-Boekkring. OCLC 37484386.
Warder, Marie (1959). Niemand so Blind [None So Blind]. Johannesburg: Dagbreek-Boekkring. OCLC 36230980.
Warder, Marie (1961). Deur sonskyn en skaduwee [Through Sunshine and Shadow]. Johannesburg: Dagbreek-Boekkring. OCLC 504531563.
Warder, Marie (1963). Die maatstok [The Dipstick]. Johannesburg: Dagbreek-Boekkring. OCLC 14643120.

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