C.J. ('Jonty') Driver


At the Macdowell Colony


Jonty Driver's literary agent is Andrew Hewson, of Johnson & Alcock, Authors' Agents, Clerkenwell House, 45-47 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 R OHT, tel: 0207 251 0125 andrew@johnsonandalcock.co.uk   See www.johnsonandalcock.co.uk


The earlier books of poems are now out of print. They are obtainable from libraries or from Amazon.


C.J.Driver's Rhymes for the Grandchildren: Moose, Mouse and Other Rhymes with illustrations by Lieske van de Seijp was published by the Peridot Press in 2011




C.J. ('Jonty') Driver has published ten collections of poems (the first shared with Jack Cope), five novels (the first, Elegy for a Revolutionary, in 1968, and the last, Shades of Darkness, in 2004), a biography, Patrick Duncan, South African and Pan-African (published first in 1980, immediately banned in South Africa - like his first two novels - but re-issued in 2000), and two memoirs, My Brother & I (Kingston University Press, 2013), and The Man with the Suitcase:The Life, Execution and Rehabilitation of John Harris, Liberal Terrorist, Crane River, 2015. Used to be Great Friends, an essay in autobiography, originally published in Granta in 2002, was issued in an expanded form as an e-book by Mampoer Shorts in 2013, but is now hard to find.


The first four novels have been reissued by Faber & Faber under the imprint Faber Finds. They are:

Elegy for a Revolutionary (ISBN 978-0-571-25902-1)

Send War in Our Time, O Lord (ISBN 978-0-571-259656)

Death of Fathers (ISBN 978-0-571-260508)

A Messiah of the Last Days (ISBN 978-0-571-270002)


Fellow South Africans John Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer have both paid tribute to these early novels.


Patrick Duncan, South African and Pan-African (with an introduction by Anthony Sampson), James Curry, Oxford, and David Philip, Cape Town, 2nd edition, 2000, (ISBN 0-85255-773-6) is available from Boydell & Brewer, PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DF, tel: 01394 610600 trading@boydell.co.uk


Selected Poems, 1960-2004, was published in 2005 under the title So Far.


Citizen of Elsewhere, 24 selected poems, was published by the Happenstance Press in 2013.


The Man with the Suitcase, the life, execution and rehabilitation of John Harris, Liberal Terrorist, was published by the Crane River Press in 2015 and is available from the publisher or from Amazon.


Some Schools, a memoir covering the years 1964-2000 and Jonty's work as a teacher and headmaster in five very different schools, was published by John Catt Ltd in 2016 and is available from the publisher, from bookshops, or from Amazon.