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David McKie

Atlantic

Born
Middlesex
Also writes as
Smallweed
Genre
Non-Fiction
 
 
Biography
David McKie was born in 1935, and works as a journalist and author.

He was deputy editor of The Guardian, and still writes two weekly columns for the paper - 'Elsewhere' and 'Smallweed'. He is the author of several non-fiction books about contemporary politics, and, most recently, the biography of Victorian politician and swindler, Jabez Balfour. His book, Jabez: the Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue (2004), was shortlisted for the 2004 Saga Wit Award and the Whitbread Biography Award.

His latest book is McKie's Gazetteer: A Local History of Britain (2008).

Bibliography

2008
McKie's Gazetteer: A Local History of Britain, Atlantic Books
2006
Great British Bus Journeys, Atlantic Books
2004
Jabez: The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue, Atlantic Books
2002
'The Guardian' Year, Atlantic Books
1999
Media Coverage of Parliament, Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government
1993
'The Guardian' Political Almanac, Fourth Estate
1992
The Election: A Voter's Guide, editor, Fourth Estate
1979
'The Guardian'/Quartet Election Guide, compiler with Chris Cook and Melanie Phillips), Quartet Books
1973
A Sadly Mismanaged Affair: Politics of the Third London Airport, Croom Helm
1972
Decade of Disillusion: British Politics in the Sixties, editor with Chris Cook, Macmillan
1970
Election '70: 'The Guardian'/Panther Guide to the General Election, editor with Chris Cook, Panther Books
1968
T.V. File, editor, Panther

Awards

2004
Whitbread Biography Award, The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Scoundrel, shortlist
2004
Saga Award for Wit, Jabez: The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Scoundrel, shortlist

Author Statement

I have always wanted to write and started doing so when I was about eight years old. At 15, I wanted to leave school and go into newspapers but was very rightly dissuaded. I started in newspapers on the Keighley News and Bingley Chronicle in 1959, joined the Oxford Mail in 1960 and The Guardian in 1965. At that time, I wanted to get into political reporting but after three years as a lobby correspondent, I returned to the office as deputy editor for nearly 10 years. With one exception - the history of the third London airport which I wrote for a friend who had just set up a publishing company - my books before Jabez: the Rise and Fall of a Political Rogue were collaborations or spin-offs from my work at The Guardian. I partially retired in 1995 and came by chance on the story of the Victorian politician-fraudster, Jabez Spencer Balfour. Having been persuaded in 1995 to return to full-time work for two years, I put it aside but resumed it in 2001.