Duncan Campbell (The Guardian)

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Duncan Campbell (born 1944)[1] is a British journalist and author who has worked particularly on crime issues. He was a senior reporter/correspondent for The Guardian from 1987 until 2010.

Background and personal life[edit]

Campbell was educated at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perth and Kinross in Scotland.[citation needed] His wife is British actress Julie Christie, his life partner since 1979, whom he married in India in November 2007.[2]

Journalist[edit]

Campbell was a copywriter for advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather before he quit in 1971, aged 26, to visit India, and pursue an ambition to become a journalist. Decades later, he turned the experience of the trip into his first novel, The Paradise Trail.[3]

Prior to joining The Guardian, Campbell worked for the London Daily News and City Limits (both defunct), Time Out and LBC Radio.[4] He has also worked on BBC Radio Five Live's Crime Desk programme.[1]

In June 2009, it was announced by The Guardian that Campbell would take voluntary redundancy[5] and he now works as a freelance writer, including for The Guardian.[4]

Author[edit]

Campbell is the author of two novels - The Paradise Trail (2008) and If It Bleeds (2009). The Paradise Trail is set largely in India in 1971, it is partly a murder mystery and partly an affectionate depiction of life on the "hippie trail": the cheap hotels and eating places, the music, the drug-fuelled conversations.

Campbell has also written several nonfiction books, including a history of British crime from the 1930s to the 1990s (The Underworld, 1994 - based on the BBC television series) and That Was Business, This Is Personal (1990 - a series of interviews with criminals and those who pursue them). A Stranger and Afraid (1997) covers the story of Caroline Beale.[6]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b View from elsewhere, The Guardian accessed 20 May 2012
  2. ^ "In brief: Julie Christie gets married", The Guardian, 30 January 2008
  3. ^ Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 16 July 2008, How I found myself in India
  4. ^ a b "Duncan Campbell Profile". The Guardian (London). 1 October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Brook, Stephen (19 June 2009). "Duncan Campbell and David Hencke among those leaving Guardian". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  6. ^ United Agents, Duncan Campbell, accessed 20 May 2012

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