Laurens van der Post

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"Van der Post was a friend of Alan Paton, the writer of Cry the Beloved Country (1948) and helped to fund his Liberal Party causes. From the 1960s he started to suspect that the South African Special Branch had something to do with the loss of letters to his sisters and to Paton. Van der Post's assumption was not groundless - the Bureau for State Security (BOSS) had a file on him. Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party leader, who was appointed Prime Minister in 1979, received from van der Post several long letters dealing with Africa. His closeness to the Prime Minister astonished the Foreign Office officials. Van der Post's friendship with Prince Charles gave rise to jokes - he was called "the Prince's Guru". Before his death, van der Post witnessed the fall of the apartheid system. In the power struggle he supported the Zulu leader Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, not Nelson Mandela and the ANC. Laurens van der Post died in London on December 16, 1996. His ashes were buried in Philippolis in South Africa." [1]

In 1958 his most famous book was released under the same title as the BBC series: The Lost World of the Kalahari, followed in 1961 by The Heart of the Hunter.

His daughter is Lucia van der Post.


Further reading

  • Counterpoint, ed. by R. Newquist (1964); Laurens van der Post by Frederick I Capenter (1969); World Authors 1950-1970, ed. by John Wakeman (1975); A Walk With A White Bushman, Laurens van der Post in conversation with Jean-Marc Pottiez (1986); The Rock Rabbit and the Rainbow - Laurens van der Post among Friends, ed. by Robert Hinshaw (1997);
  • J.D.F. Jones, Storyteller: The Lives of Laurens van der Post Jones (2001)
  • Rebutall to Jones book: Christopher Booker, (20 October 2001) "Small lies and the greater truth". Spectator.
  • Jones, JDF (27 October 2001). "Spectator letters". Spectator.

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  1. Laurens van der Post (1906-1996),, accessed December 14, 2011.
  2. Countryside Restoration Trust Time line, organizational web page, accessed February 17, 2012.
  3. Jo Roberts, ResponseAbility Alliance, accessed December 14, 2011.