Duncan Campbell (journalist, born 1944)
Background and personal life
Campbell was educated at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perth and Kinross in Scotland. His wife is British actress Julie Christie, his life partner since 1979, whom he married in India in November 2007.
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.
Prior to joining The Guardian, Campbell worked for the London Daily News and City Limits (both defunct), Time Out and LBC Radio. He has also worked on BBC Radio Five Live's Crime Desk programme.
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.
- Billy Connolly: The Authorized Version (Pan Books, 1976) - biography of Billy Connolly
- That Was Business, This Is Personal: the changing face of professional crime (Secker & Warburg, 1990)
- The Underworld (BBC Books, 1994)
- A Stranger and Afraid: The story of Caroline Beale (Macmillan, 1997)
- The Paradise Trail (The Headline Review, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7553-4245-7, paperback ISBN 978-0-7553-4247-1
- If It Bleeds (Headline Publishing Group, 2009) ISBN 978-1-84782-874-3, ISBN 978-0-7553-4248-8
- View from elsewhere, The Guardian accessed 20 May 2012
- "In brief: Julie Christie gets married", The Guardian, 30 January 2008
- Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 16 July 2008, How I found myself in India
- "Duncan Campbell Profile". The Guardian (London). 1 October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- Brook, Stephen (19 June 2009). "Duncan Campbell and David Hencke among those leaving Guardian". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- United Agents, Duncan Campbell, accessed 20 May 2012