Don Pinnock is an investigative journalist and former editor of Getaway magazine in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of 17 books and has written countless travel articles for magazines and newspapers. He is a member of Southern Write, an association of top travel writers and photographers in Africa, an environmental writer for the Conservation Action Trust, a trustee of the Chrysalis Academy working with high-risk teenagers and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town.
His books include The Brotherhoods: Street Gangs and State Control; Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage; Natural Selections; African Journeys; Loveletters to Africa; Writing Left (a biography of Ruth First); Blue Ice: Travels in Antarctica; The Woman who Lived in a Tree and Other Perfect Strangers; Voices of Liberation and Gang Town. His third collection of natural history stories, Wild as it Gets, is due out in June 2016. His first novel, Rainmaker, was a finalist for the 2009 European Union Literary Award and Gang Town won the City Press Non-Fiction Award.
Don has a PhD in political science, an MA in criminology, a BA in African history and has published a post-doctoral study on gangs, rituals and rites of passage. He has held lectureships in Journalism (Rhodes University) and Criminology (University of Cape Town) and completed his PhD research at London University.