J.D.F. Jones is a British writer and journalist with a long connection with South Africa. For the London Financial Times he was successively foreign editor, managing editor, southern Africa editor, founder editor of the Weekend FT, and arts and literary editor. His career therefore spanned the breadth of Laurens van der Post's lifelong interests, from literature to international affairs, from Africa to Aldeburgh. His previous books include two novels, Freeland and The Buchan Papers, and a history, Through Fortress and Rock, which was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award. He lives in Somerset.