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Thriller Writers I Read
7/8/2009 8:23:19 PM
A thriller writer from South Africa and friend of Ian Fleming.
Geoffrey Jenkins was born in 1920 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and educated in the old Transvaal. At the age of 17 he wrote and had published A Century of History.Winning the Lord Kemsley Commonwealth Journalistic Scholarship, took him to Fleet Street, where he spent World War II as a war corresponden for the Sunday Times. He became friends with author Ian Fleming, the creator of the British secret agent James Bond. Fleming later praised Jenkins' writing, saying "Geoffrey Jenkins has the supreme gift of originality.... A Twist of Sand is a literate, imaginative first novel in the tradition of high and original adventure'".
After the war Jenkins settled in Rhodesia, where he met his wife, author Eve Palmer and they married in 1950. He was the editor of the newspaper The Umtali Advertiser and eventually took up a position with The Star newspaper in Johannesburg, but after three of his novels became best sellers, he quit to write full time.
He is truly one of the great thriller writers, on par with Alister McClean, Hammond Innes and Clive Cussler and other world class writers of adventure and suspense.
Three of his novels where turned into movies:
A Twist of Sand (1968)
The River of Diamonds (1990)
Dirty Games (1989)
A Twist of Sand (1959)*
The Watering-Place of Good Peace (1960; revised 1974)*
A Grue of Ice (1962)*
The River of Diamonds (1964)*
Scend of the Sea (1971)*
A Cleft of Stars (1973)*
A Bridge of Magpies (1974)*
South Trap (1979)*
A Ravel of Waters (1981)*
The Unripe Gold (1983)*
In Harm's Way (1986)
Hold Down a Shadow (1989)
A Hive of Dead Men (1991)*
A Daystar of Fear (1993)
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