Graham Boynton has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist in Britain, the U.S.A., and Africa more than 30 years. In that time he has covered a range of subjects from politics and the arts to travel and sport and written for newspapers (Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Washington Post) and international magazines (Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Spectator, The New Statesman). He is the author of the critically acclaimed book on the final days of white rule in Africa, Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland , which was one of the Washington Post`s Best Non-Fiction Books of 1998.
Boynton was appointed Travel Editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph in January 1998, having spent the previous ten years in New York as a senior editor and feature writer with Conde Nast Publications. He was one of a group of journalists Harold Evans assembled to launch Conde Nast Traveler, which became America’s most successful travel publication. At the same time he worked as a contracted writer for Vanity Fair magazine, for which he wrote an award-winning expose of Winnie Mandela.
Born in Britain, Boynton grew up in southern Africa, was educated at Peterhouse and Christian Brothers College in Rhodesia and Natal University in South Africa, and entered journalism as a political reporter at the height of the Rhodesian war and the heyday of apartheid. In 1976 he was declared an ‘undesirable alien’ by the South African government and deported to Britain. Eschewing exile politics, Boynton settled in London and wrote features for international magazines. In the mid-Eighties he was appointed editor of Business Traveller magazine - in 1986 the magazine won a PPA award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
In 2011 at the British Travel Press Awards Boynton was honoured for his contribution to travel journalism. He left his post as Group Travel Editor of the Telegraph Media Group in December 2011 and in January 2012 launched Graham Boynton Associates. He lives in Blackheath with his wife, the journalist Adriaane Pielou, and their two daughters.