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, with the byline "Elsewhere". Until September 10, 2005, he also wrote a second weekly column, under the pseudonym "Smallweed".

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.


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What's in a Surname?: A Jou...

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McKie's Gazetteer: A Local ...

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Riding Route 94: An Acciden...

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Bright Particular Stars: A ...

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“It has come to pass’, she wrote, in lines that reverberate still, ‘that the working class is used, so to speak, as the unit of the moral investigation, until we well nigh believe that this class is the chief repository of the vices and virtues of the nation’.”
David McKie, Riding Route 94: An Accidental Journey through the Story of Britain

“(The shirts of the referee and his touch judges, as if to confirm everything that crowds have ever suspected about match officials, carry the legend Specsavers.)”
David McKie, Riding Route 94: An Accidental Journey through the Story of Britain

“Some have speculated that had he succeeded, the road, not the railway, might have remained the conventional way to travel, that the runaway expansion of the railway might never have taken place. In a book called The Suppression of the Automobile: Skulduggery at the Crossroads, David Beasley argues that road transport was more potentially profitable, and failed only because powerful political interests were determined to stop it. ‘If the steam carriage proponents in Parliament had forged a lasting alliance between the radical Whigs and Conservatives,’ he says, ‘the railways would have been stopped in their tracks.”
David McKie, Riding Route 94: An Accidental Journey through the Story of Britain

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