Times Higher Education
Anthropology review: Storyteller
Sir Laurens van der Post was many things. Right up to his death at the age of 90 he continued to exert influence in his various roles as a writer of fiction and of autobiography, as a passionate environmentalist and a war hero, as a wilderness explorer and a modern-day mystic, as a proponent of Jung’s thinking and a champion of the “Bushmen”, and as a confidant and adviser to, among others, Lady Thatcher and Prince Charles. But most of all, argues J. D. F. Jones in this first biography of van der Post, he was a teller of stories about himself.