BRIAN JACKMAN is an award-winning journalist and author with a lifelong passion for travel and wildlife. For 20 years he worked for The Sunday Times, during which time he was voted Travel Writer of the Year in 1982. In that same year he also won the Wildscreen ’82 award for the best commentary script, Osprey, at the first International Wildlife and Television Festival in Bristol. In 2008 he was voted runner-up Travel Writer of the Year, and in 2013 he won VisitEngland's "Gold Award" for the Best Travel Article of the Year (On Exmoor, published in the Daily Telegraph).
Today he writes mostly for The Daily Telegraph and Travel Africa Magazine. Previously, having written for The Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Travel Africa, Country Living and Conde Nast Traveller, where he is a contributing editor. Although his travels have taken him around the world, he is best known as Britain’s foremost writer on African wildlife safaris, and has spent more than three years in total under canvas in the bush.
Brian is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers, a trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust and a patron of Tusk Trust. He is married, with one daughter and two grandchildren, and lives in Dorset.
What others say:
“FOR more than 30 years Brian Jackman has been one of Britain’s finest nature and travel writers. His work will be familiar to regular readers of The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Conde Nast Traveller, of which he is a contributing editor. There is no continent and scarcely a country that has not basked in the glow of his elegant, evocative prose, in which details of landscape, people and – especially – wildlife are touched in with painterly exactitude.
In particular during his 20 years at The Sunday Times, he has been a fierce and outspoken champion of threatened wildlife, both in the UK and in his beloved Africa, where he played a prominent part in the campaign to protect the dwindling stocks of elephants from exploitation and slaughter. His own natural habitats are the green hills and moist valleys of west Dorset, where he lives, and the thorny wilderness of the African plains, to which he is drawn as irresistibly as the pride of lions whose lives and deaths were chronicled in his ground-breaking book, The Marsh Lions.” Richard Girling, The Sunday Times Magazine
“Brian seems to have been everywhere in Africa and met all the main characters. Yet he always remains understated, self-deprecating and softly spoken. A real gent.” Chris McIntyre, Managing Director, Expert Africa.