Author Archives: Jonathan Ancer

About Jonathan Ancer

I'm a journalist, cryptic crossword junkie, keen cyclist, Billy Bunter book collector and a Billy Bragg stalker. I love words and will post some of the columns I have written over the years on this blog. They include: View from the G-spot (my time as editor of a community newspaper in Grahamstown), Virgin Cyclist (the build up to my first Argus Cycle Tour), Pop psychology (my take on fatherhood) and Angry Utterances (10) (how crossword puzzles unlock the world's secrets and the meaning of life). Since leaving Independent Newspapers in September 2014 I have started freelancing and write a column for the Witness - The Diary of a Bumbling Hack. I've also become a podcast junkie and have produced a podcast biography series called Extraordinary Lives. Let me know what you think.

The gift of hope …

  Six months ago today we were in the isolation ward at Groote Schuur Hospital where we watched as stem cells from an anonymous donor were infused into our eight-year-old daughter, Rachel. We wore scrubs and masks as the doctor … Continue reading

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Review of Spy by Breakaway Reviewers

Spy – Uncovering Craig Williamson by Jonathan Ancer 5 stars South Africa’s infamous “Super Spy” When Jonathan Ancer was a studying journalism at Rhodes University, he was asked to write an article (to be published) about what he saw as … Continue reading

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A  review of Spy by Charles Leonard in Die Burger

Die heldeontvangs van ’n ‘superspioen’ Deur Charles Leonard 15 Mei 2017 10:21 Spy: Uncovering Craig Wil­liamson Jonathan Ancer JACANA, R260 In 1967 toe Craig Williamson, wat in die 1980’s beroemd of berug (afhangend van jou politiek) geword het as Suid-Afrika … Continue reading

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Business Day BOOK REVIEW: Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson

LIFE / BOOKS Author Jonathan Ancer’s novel digs up bones left by one of apartheid’s most deadly spies 23 MAY 2017 – 05:11 SUE GRANT-MARSHALL Digging deep: Jonathan Ancer, right, spent 15 years working on Spy. Picture: SUPPLIED SPY: UNCOVERING … Continue reading

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Leaving Behind A Trail Of Destruction

Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson’ is a new book by Jonathan Ancer that delves into apartheid’s heart of darkness, writes MICHAEL MORRIS in the Weekend Argus (Saturday, 25 March 2017)   IN THE grainy picture from 1980, 2-year-old Katryn Schoon looks … Continue reading

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Rage Against The Latrine

Waiting for the loo before a cycle race is like playing a game of craps. Continue reading

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Standard Bank – it’s not me; it’s you

About eight months after I closed my Standard Bank account I receive a letter from The Card Collections Manager claiming I owe them R40.68 and if I don’t pay within 10 days they will see me in court. As if! … Continue reading

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