Booker, Christopher (John Penrice)

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BOOKER, Christopher (John Penrice)

BOOKER, Christopher (John Penrice). British, b. 1937. Genres: History, Documentaries/Reportage, Literary criticism and history, Humor/Satire, Mythology/Folklore, Psychology. Career: Freelance journalist, 1960; Sunday Telegraph, jazz critic, 1961; Private Eye, London, England, founding editor, 1961-63; British Broadcasting Company (BBC-TV), resident script-writer for That Was the Week That Was (television satire), 1962-63; resident scriptwriter for Not So Much a Programme, 1963-64; contributor to television show Read All about It, 1975-77; Daily Telegraph, monthly columnist, 1973-90, author of "The Way of the World" column, 1987-90; Sunday Telegraph, columnist, 1990-; writer. Publications: (with W. Rushton and R. Ingrams) Private Eye on London, 1962; Private Eye's Romantic England, 1963; The Neophiliacs: A Study of the Revolution in English Life in the Fifties and Sixties, 1969, 1993; (with C.L. Green) Goodbye London: An Illustrated Guide to Threatened Buildings, 1973; The Booker Quiz, 1976; The Seventies: The Decade That Changed the Future, published in England as The Seventies: Portrait of a Decade, 1980; The Games War: A Moscow Journal, 1981; (with R. North) The Mad Officials, 1994; The Castle of Lies: Why Britain Must Get Out of Europe, 1996; A Looking Glass Tragedy: The Controversy over the Repatriations from Austria in 1945, 1997; The Seven Basic Plots of Literature: Why We Tell Stories, 2000. Coauthor of many private eye anthologies, 1966-99, including The Secret Diaries of John Major, 1991-96, and St. Albion's Parish News, 1998-99. Address: The Old Rectory, Litton, Bath BA3 4PW, England.