John de St. Jorre was born in London and educated in Britain and Singapore.
His father came to Britain from the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean where the family had settled after leaving France in the 18th century. His mother was English, the daughter of a London policeman.
After military service in Malaysia and reading history at Oxford University, de St. Jorre embarked on a varied career that began with five years in the British Foreign Service, most of it in embassies in Africa.
He later studied Arabic in the Lebanon and then resigned to become a journalist.
Returning to Africa, he became the London OBSERVER's correspondent there and went on to assignments in Paris, the Middle East and New York.
Among other wars and revolutions, he covered the Nigerian-Biafran civil war, the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict and the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Turning freelance in New York, he divided his time between journalism, book writing, lecturing, and writing and editing for a number of organizations in the United States, including the Carnegie Endowment, the Rockefeller Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, the Ford Foundation and the United Nations.
He ran the Africa section of the short-lived international information agency, IRIS, in Washington, D.C., and was the senior writer of SOUTH AFRICA: TIME RUNNING OUT, the acclaimed two-year study on US policy toward that country.
He later edited the South Africa Update series consisting of five books on the critical years that led to the end of apartheid.
More recently, he has written two screenplays, VENUS BOUND (with Granz Henman), commissioned by ENA Films, Cologne, Germany, and THE SHIELD OF DAVID (with Louis Atlas). He lives with his wife and family in Newport, Rhode Island.http://www.johndestjorre.com/