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.[citation needed]

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 "savagely funny" book Stick It Up Your Punter!, a history of Rupert Murdoch's The Sun with Chris Horrie.[1]


  • 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. ^ a b 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