Duncan Campbell (journalist, born 1944)

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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 the Edinburgh Academy and at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perth and Kinross in Scotland {Glenalmond Register 1950–1985}

Campbell is married to British actress Julie Christie; they have lived together since 1979,[2] but the date they wed is disputed. In January 2008, several news outlets reported that the couple had quietly married in India two months earlier, in November 2007,[3] which Christie called "nonsense", adding, "I have been married for a few years. Don't believe what you read in the papers."[4]


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.[5]

Prior to joining The Guardian, Campbell worked for the London Daily News and City Limits (both defunct), Time Out and LBC Radio.[6] 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[7] and he now works as a freelance writer, including for The Guardian.[6]


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.[8] His 2016 book We'll All Be Murdered In Our Beds draws on his many years as a crime correspondent.[9][10]



  1. ^ a b "View from elsewhere", The Guardian accessed 20 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Julie Christie Biography". TV Guide. 
  3. ^ "Julie Christie gets married". The Guardian. London. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Dimi Gaidatzi (11 February 2008). "Oscar Nominee Julie Christie: I've Been Married for Years". People.com. 
  5. ^ Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 16 July 2008, "How I found myself in India".
  6. ^ a b "Duncan Campbell Profile". The Guardian. London. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Brook, Stephen (19 June 2009). "Duncan Campbell and David Hencke among those leaving Guardian". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  8. ^ United Agents, Duncan Campbell, accessed 20 May 2012.
  9. ^ Chris Mullin, "We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds: The Shocking History of Crime Reporting in Britain by Duncan Campbell – review", The Observer, 23 May 2016.
  10. ^ Mark Sanderson, "We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds! by Duncan Campbell - review: How hacks and cops have shown us the real underworld", Evening Standard, 21 April 2016.

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