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About Trevor Grundy

Trevor Grundy, journalist

Trevor Grundy is an English journalist who lived and worked in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa from 1966-1996.

He worked for various African publications including The Times of Zambia, The Standard (Tanzania), The Nation (Kenya) Drum (London/Nigeria) Argus Africa News Service (South Africa) The Star ( South Africa ) Financial Mail (South Africa) Time magazine ( New York, USA) SABC and Beeld (South Arica) Deutsche Welle (Bonn/Berlin) Financial Times( UK), BBC’s – Focus on Africa (UK) and the SABC’s Radio Today( Johannesburg).

He is the author of “Memoir of a Fascist Childhood” (William Heinemann, 1998) and Arrow Books (1999). It was one of London’s best- selling books at the start of 1998 (Evening Standard). After its publication, he toured Israel and spoke to young Jews about Fascism in Britain and then completed a round-tour of the UK’s main colleges with large Jewish intakes. William Heinemann’s PR department said the book was the most widely- reviewed book published by Random House in 1998.

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The Farmer at War” (Modern Farming Publications, Salisbury, Rhodesia 1980) Foreword by Denis Norman, Robert Mugabe’s first Minister for Agriculture in 1980.

He is a regular contributor to The Times, Asianaffairs, magazine, Cold Type (Canada/USA), Politicsweb (South Africa) and was until recently the UK correspondent for the American based Religion News Service (RNS).

Between 2006-2009 he was a full time researcher on the story of the life and times of the late Sir Garfield Todd (Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia between 1953-1959). Published in 2018 by Weaver Press, Zimbabwe, under the title “Garfield Todd –The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia” by Susan Woodhouse.

He is a member of the National Union of Journalists and the Commonwealth Journalists Association and has been a team member of Commonwealth instructors helping to raise journalistic standards in The Gambia and Sierra Leone. In 2013 he travelled to Busan, in South Korea to cover the 10th conference of the World Conference of Churches for Ecumenical News, Geneva and Washington. From 2008 till 2018 he was a UK correspndent for  Religion News Services (RNS) in the USA.

Trevor Grundy (right) with Sir Malcolm Rifkind at the home of the former British Foreign Secretary in Edinburgh in 2000. He spoke to a large collection of prominent Scottish Jews about his involvement in Oswald Mosley’s Union Movement when he was growing  up in the late 1950s. (Picture: David Kaplan)