David McKie

David McKie (born 1935) is a British journalist and historian.

He was deputy editor of ''The Guardian'' and continued to write a weekly column for that paper until 4 October 2007, called "Elsewhere". Until 10 September 2005, he also wrote a second weekly column, under the pseudonym "Smallweed" (and occasionally under anagrams, such as "Dame Wells", and "Lee Laws MD"). He continues to contribute to the paper on an occasional basis, including a piece about his premature death being falsely reported in this article., and a 2021 letter defending ''The Guardian'' and editor Peter Preston in 1983 returning documents which led to the imprisonment of whistleblower Sarah Tisdall.

His book ''Jabez: The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Scoundrel'', a biography of the Victorian era politician and swindler Jabez Balfour, was shortlisted for the Saga Award for Wit, also known as the Silver Booker, as well as the Whitbread Book Award for biography. ''Great British Bus Journeys'' was shortlisted for a Dolman Best Travel Book Award in 2007. Provided by Wikipedia
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