Thirteen Formative Years

HOLIDAYS – Game reserves: Recent philosophical arguments have focused on the fact that an “overwhelmingly large part” of the luck that people have in their lives “involves who your parents are.” This is clearly correct in my case, and I’ve always been especially aware of how lucky I was that Bobby and Lilian frequently took me and my siblings away on holidays. While we were living in Johannesburg, we would leave the city and drive long distances in order to holiday in exotic and interesting places, and we went to the Kruger National Park – one of the world’s foremost game reserves – more than anywhere else. This photograph, taken by Bobby in November 1952, is of an English friend, Charles Hanrott, admiring a flame tree in one of the Kruger National Park’s best-known rest camps, Pretoriuskop.