Peter Chippindale

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Peter Chippindale (4 July 1945 – 10 August 2014) was a British newspaper journalist and author.

Chippindale was born to Keith and Ruth Chippindale in Northern India, where his father was a captain in the 11th Sikh regiment.[1] As a child he attended Sedbergh School along with his brother Christopher Chippindale, now an archaeologist.

He worked initially for The Guardian newspaper and was sent to Belfast at the height of the troubles. Chippindale reported on the Birmingham Six trial[2] and that of the Guildford Four and "he thought they'd got the wrong men in both cases".[3] His suspicions convinced Chris Mullin to investigate and led eventually to their acquittal.[4]

In 1981 he worked on documentaries for London Weekend Television's The London Programme.[5] He was news editor for the left wing News on Sunday and charted its demise with fellow ex-employee Chris Horrie in their book Disaster: The Rise and Fall of News on Sunday.[6]

Chippindale co-wrote the "savage" book Stick It Up Your Punter! a history of Rupert Murdoch's The Sun with Chris Horrie.[7]


  • Juntas United (1978) with Ed Harriman. Quartet Books. ISBN 978-0704332119.
  • The Thorpe Committal (1979) Arrow Books. ISBN 978-0099204008.
  • The British CB Book (1981)
  • Disaster! The Rise And Fall of News On Sunday (1988) with Chris Horrie. Penguin. ISBN 978-0747402305.
  • British Monarchy Plc: An Offer for Sale by Tender (1998) J. Bath. ISBN 978-1854200167.
  • Stick It Up Your Punter! (1990) with Chris Horrie. ISBN 0434126241.
  • Dished! (1991) with Suzanne Franks and Roma Felstein. Simon & Schuster.
  • Life As Sutch (1991) Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0207172403.
  • Mink! (1995) Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0671854201.
  • Laptop of the Gods (1998) Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0684816135.


  1. ^ Leigh, Peter. "Peter Chippindale obituary." The Guardian, 13 August 2014. Archived from the original. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ Chippindale, Peter (2014). "Six Irishmen accused of girl's murder | UK news | The Guardian". Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  3. ^ Lissaman, Clare (2014). "BBC News - Birmingham Six 'were in the wrong place at the wrong time'". Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Chris Mullin Ex MP". 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Peter Chippindale | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster UK". 2014. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  6. ^ "John-Paul Flintoff: On the trail of Kelvin MacKenzie". 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. Disaster: The Rise and Fall of News on Sunday
  7. ^ Hartley, Sarah (2014). "Author and journalist Peter Chippendale has died - Prolific North". Retrieved 18 August 2014.