Julie Burchill

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Julie Burchill (born July 3, 1959 in Frenchay, a suburb of Bristol) is a British journalist noted for her acerbic writing. She started her career writing for the New Musical Express after responding, with her husband-to-be Tony Parsons, to an advert in that paper seeking hip young gunslingers to write about the then emerging punk rock movement. Until 2003, she wrote a weekly column in The Guardian.

Her departure was caused by disagreements with the readers caused by her pro-Israel and anti-Arab views in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She currently writes for The Times.

She has made many books and has written about and made a television programme regarding the death of her father from asbestosis.

Burchill was briefly married to Parsons and then to Cosmo Landesman, the son of Fran and Jay Landesman. Both marriages produced a son. Both sons live with their fathers. In 1990 Burchill and Landesman established a short-lived magazine Modern Review through which she met Charlotte Raven and the pair had a much publicised affair. She recently married again, to a much younger man, and wrote of the joys of having a "toyboy" in her Times' Weekend Review column.

Fellow NME journalist/author Paul Wellings wrote about their friendship in his book "I'm A Journalist...Get Me Out Of Here".

Bibliography

  • The Boy Looked at Johnny co-written with Tony Parsons, 1977
  • Love It or Shove It, 1985
  • Girls on Film, 1986
  • Damaged Gods: Cults and Heroes Reappraised, 1987
  • Ambition, 1989
  • Sex and Sensibility, 1992
  • No Exit, 1993
  • Married Alive, 1998
  • I Knew I Was Right, 1998, an autobiography
  • Diana, 1999
  • The Guardian Columns 1998-2000, 2000
  • On Beckham, 2002
  • Sugar Rush, 2004

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