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Duncan Campbell (journalist, born 1944)

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Name  Duncan Campbell
Marriage location  India
Education  Glenalmond College
Spouse  Julie Christie (m. 2008)
Role  Journalist

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Books  The paradise trail, If it Bleeds, A Stranger and Afraid: The Story, That was Business - this is Per, The Underworld
Similar People  Julie Christie, Warren Beatty, Terence Stamp, Tris Vonna‑Michell
Born  1944 (age 77), Scotland, United Kingdom

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Duncan Campbell (born 1944) 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.


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Background and personal life

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

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


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


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