John de St. Jorre

Journalist and writer, John de St. Jorre was born in London, served in the British army in Malaya, and graduated from Oxford University.  He joined the British Foreign Service, spent three years in embassies in Africa, and later studied Arabic in the Lebanon. After leaving the Foreign Service, he returned to Africa as a journalist covering wars and political crises in Zambia, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Zaire (Congo), Uganda, Nigeria and Aden (Yemen) for the London Observer. He was subsequently the Observer’s Paris, Middle East and New York correspondent. He covered the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Turning freelance in New York, he has written for many American and British magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Times, and the Guardian Weekend Magazine. His books include The Nigerian Civil War; A House Divided: South Africa’s Uncertain Future; The Patriot Game (with Brian Shakespeare); The Good Ship Venus: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press; and The Marines; The Insider’s Guide to Spain, and Legendary Golf Links of Ireland.