R. W. Johnson
R. W. Johnson (born 1943) is a British journalist, political scientist, and historian who lives in South Africa. Born in England, he was educated at Natal University and Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. He was a fellow in politics at Magdalen College, Oxford, for twenty-six years; he remains an emeritus fellow. His 2015 book Look Back in Laughter: Oxford's Postwar Golden Age is a memoir of his years at Magdalen, including his work with college president Keith Griffin to rescue the College's finances and buildings. In reviewing his memoirs, The Economist described Johnson as a "romantic contrarian liberal".
He is currently a South Africa correspondent for the London Sunday Times and also writes for the London Review of Books His articles for the LRB generally cover South African and, to a lesser extent, Zimbabwean affairs.
- (ed. with Christopher Allen) African Perspectives (1970)
- How Long Will South Africa Survive? (1977)
- The Long March of the French Left (1981)
- Shootdown: The Verdict on KAL 007 (1985)
- Heroes and Villains: Selected Essays (1990)
- (ed. with Lawrence Schlemmer) Launching Democracy in South Africa: South Africa's First Open Election, April 1994 (1996)
- (ed. with David Welsh) Ironic Victory: Liberalism in Post-Liberation South Africa (1998)
- South Africa; The First Man, the Last Nation (2004)
- South Africa's Brave New World: The Beloved Country since the End of Apartheid (2009)
- How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis (2015)
- Look Back in Laughter: Oxford's Postwar Golden Age (2015)
- The Guardian contributor profile.
- Ivan Fallon "'South Africa's Brave New World', By R. W. Johnson", The Independent, 17 April 2009
- R W Johnson: Look Back in Laughter: Oxford's Postwar Golden Age, Threshold Press (2015).
- "Romantic contrarian". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
- Orion Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine author profile.
- London Review of Books contributor page.
- R. W. Johnson "Diary", London Review of Books, 6 August 2009, p41
- "RW Johnson Loses Part of Leg After Lagoon Swim", Book SA - News, 23 March 2009