The Quiet Maverick

Daryl Ilbury

An investigative journalist's account of the trial of world-renowned scientist Tim Noakes after he had allegedly dispensed dietary advice to a young mother on Twitter.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781776091379
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 6 X 9 inches
Stock Status : In stock


On 5 February 2014, world-renowned scientist Tim Noakes fired off a tweet allegedly dispensing dietary advice to a young mother into a highly volatile media space; the fallout threatened to destroy his career. This is the untold backstory. Veteran journalist and writer Daryl Ilbury unveils, layer by layer, a combustible mix of scientific ignorance, academic jealousy, the collapse of media ethics, and the interests of a worldrenowned scientist in highlighting the intricacies of human nutrition and exposing those he believes have vested interests in regulating it. Featuring interviews with people who have worked closely with Noakes, including former Springbok coach Jake White and polar swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh, as well as award-winning journalists and fellow scientists and academics, some of whom now consider Noakes dangerous and out of control, this book is bound to be as controversial as the man himself.

About The Author

Daryl Ilbury draws on over 30 years’ experience in the media as a broadcaster, journalist, writer and editor, with over 250 articles published in a number of leading titles, including the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Saturday Star, Mail & Guardian, Business Day, Sunday Tribune, Leadership and Guru magazine. He is also the author of A Fox’s Tale. Daryl holds a degree in clinical psychology, a postgraduate HDE in clinical assessment and counselling, and a master’s degree in science journalism from City, University of London.

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