Julie Burchill (born 3 July 1959) is an English journalist, writer and
broadcaster. Beginning as a staff writer at the
New Musical Express
New Musical Express at
the age of 17, she has since contributed to newspapers such as The
Sunday Times and The Guardian. Describing herself as a "militant
feminist", she has been involved in legal action resulting from her
work on several occasions. Burchill is also an author and novelist:
her 1989 novel Ambition became a best-seller, and her 2004 novel Sugar
Rush was adapted for television.
1 Early life and education
2 Writing and broadcasting career
2.1 At the NME
2.3 Into the 1990s
2.4 From 2000 to 2004
2.5 2005 and after
2.7 Religion and philo-semitism
2.8 Other books and television programmes
3 Media reaction and criticism
4 Personal life
7 External links
Early life and education
Julie Burchill was born in Bristol, England, and educated at
Brislington Comprehensive School. Her father was a Communist union
activist who worked in a distillery. Her mother had a job in a
cardboard box factory. In 2010, Burchill wrote of her parents: "I
don't care much for families. I adored my mum and dad, but to be
honest I don't miss them much now they're dead", although three
years later she contradicted this when she said she couldn't return to
Bristol, as every time she heard someone speaking with her parents'
Bristol accent it would remind her how much she missed them. She
did not attend university, leaving the A-levels she had started a few
weeks earlier to begin writing for the
New Musical Express
New Musical Express (NME).
Writing and broadcasting career
At the NME
She began her career, aged 17, as a writer at the New Musical Express
(NME) after responding, coincidentally with her future husband Tony
Parsons, to an advert in that paper seeking "hip young gunslingers" to
write about the then emerging punk movement. She gained the job by
submitting a "eulogy" of Patti Smith's Horses. She later wrote that
at the time she only liked black music, and "When I actually heard a
punk record, I thought, ‘Oh my Lord! This is not music, this is just
shouting'." Fortunately for her, as she later said, "Punk was over in
two years. That was the only damn good thing about it." She left
her position at the NME at the age of 20, and started freelancing to
be able to write about other subjects, although she has never
completely given up writing about pop music.
Her main employers after the
New Musical Express
New Musical Express were The Face and The
Sunday Times where she wrote about politics, pop, fashion and society,
and was their film critic from 1984 to 1986. She admitted in 2008
to making up film reviews and having "skived" from screenings,
while her ex-husband, Cosmo Landesman, has admitted to attending
screenings on her behalf.
One of her most controversial opinions from her early freelance career
Falklands War in 1982. The left generally condemned the
British response to the invasion as imperialist, but Burchill, in
common with Christopher Hitchens, argued that the military
dictatorship of General Galtieri represented a greater evil. She
confounded the left again, and won many admirers on the right, by
writing articles favourable to Margaret Thatcher. Her sympathy for
Thatcher helped in gaining a column for The Mail on Sunday, where in
1987 she went against the paper's usual political line by urging its
readers to vote Labour. Though she claims to like the MoS, she said of
journalists on the
Daily Mail in 2008: "Everybody knows that hacks are
the biggest bunch of adulterers, the most misbehaving profession in
the world – and you have people writing for the
Daily Mail writing
as though they are vicars ... moralising on single mothers and
whatnot." Her novel Ambition (1989) was a best-seller.
Into the 1990s
In the 1980s and early 1990s, before her move to Brighton, Burchill
was depicted and saw herself as being the "Queen of the
Groucho". Burchill has spoken repeatedly and frankly of her
relationship with drugs, writing that she had "put enough toot up my
admittedly sizeable snout to stun the entire Colombian armed
forces". She declared that "As one who suffered from chronic
shyness and a low boredom threshold ... I simply can't imagine that I
could have ever had any kind of social life without [cocaine], let
alone have reigned as Queen of the
Groucho Club for a good part of the
'80s and '90s." While Burchill has frequently drawn on her
personal life for her writing, her personal life has been a subject of
public comment, especially during this period, when "everything about
her – her marriages, her debauchery, her children – seemed to be
In 1991, Burchill, Landesman and
Toby Young established a short-lived
magazine Modern Review through which she met Charlotte Raven, with
whom she had a much publicised affair. "[I] was only a lesbian for
about six weeks in 1995" she claimed in an interview with Lynn Barber
in 2004, or "my very enjoyable six months of lesbianism" in a 2000
article. Launched under the slogan "Low culture for high brows",
the magazine lasted until 1995, when Burchill and her colleagues fell
out. It was briefly revived by Burchill, with Raven editing, in 1997.
The 'Fax war' in 1993 between Burchill and author Camille Paglia,
published in the Modern Review, gained much attention.
From 2000 to 2004
A user of cocaine at the time and since, sharing in the activity
in the company of
Will Self among others, she was positive about her
The Guardian in 2000 when defending actress Danniella Westbrook
for Westbrook's loss of her septum because of cocaine use.
Journalist Deborah Orr, who was then married to Self, was scathing in
The Independent of Burchill and her article: "She does not identify
herself as a cocaine addict, so she has no pity for Ms Westbrook."
A letter in
The Independent in June 2000 from the head waitress at the
Groucho Club at the time, Deborah Bosley, caused a minor stir.
Responding to an article by Yvonne Roberts, Bosley, at the time
the partner of Richard Ingrams, a long standing critic of Burchill,
alleged that Burchill was merely "a fat bird in a blue mac sitting in
the corner" when ensconced at the Groucho. In revenge for Deborah
Orr's article, Burchill invented a supposedly long-standing crush on
Will Self with the intention of upsetting Orr.
The following year's, Burchill on Beckham (2001), a short book about
Burchill's opinions concerning David Beckham's life, career, and
relationship with Victoria Beckham, attracted "some of the worst
notices since Jeffrey Archer's heyday. 'Burchill is to football
Jimmy Hill is to feminist polemics'," wrote one
reviewer. According to
Robert Winder in the New Statesman: "The
book fits in with Burchill's theme of praising the working class;
Burchill presents Beckham as an anti-laddish symbol of old
working-class values – he reminds her of those proud men of her
childhood, 'paragons of generosity, industry and chastity'."
For five years until 2003, Burchill wrote a weekly column in The
Guardian. Appointed in 1998 by Orr, while editor of the Guardian
Weekend supplement, Burchill's career was in trouble; she had been
sacked by the revived Punch magazine. Burchill frequently thanked
Deborah Orr for rescuing her. One of the pieces she wrote for The
Guardian was in reaction to the murder of BBC TV presenter Jill Dando
in 1999. She compared the shock of Dando's murder to finding a
"tarantula in a punnet full of strawberries". In 2002 she narrowly
escaped prosecution for incitement to racial hatred, "following a
Guardian column where she described Ireland as being synonymous with
child molestation, Nazi-sympathising, and the oppression of
women". Burchill had expressed anti-Irish sentiment several times
throughout her career, announcing in the London journal Time Out that
"I hate the Irish, I think they're appalling".
She supported the Iraq war, writing in
The Guardian in 2003 that she
was “in favour of a smaller war now rather than a far worse war
later” and criticised those opposed to the war as “pro-Saddam
apologists”. She justified her stance by stating that "this war is
about freedom, justice – and oil" and that because Britain and the
United States sold weapons to Iraq that, "it is our responsibility to
redress our greed and ignorance by doing the lion's share in getting
rid of him".
The Guardian acrimoniously, saying in an interview that
they had offered her a sofa in lieu of a pay rise. She claims to
have left the newspaper in protest at what she saw as its "vile
2005 and after
Burchill was an early critic of the fashion for denigrating lower
social classes as "chavs". In 2005, she presented the Sky One
documentary In Defence of Chavs. "Picking on people worse off than you
are isn't humour. It's pathetic, it's cowardly and it's bullying" she
commented in an interview for
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph at the time. "It's
all to do with self-loathing ... The middle classes can't bear to see
people having more fun, so they attack Chavs for things like their
cheap jewellery. It's jealousy, because they secretly know Chavs are
better than them. They're even better looking."
Following her departure from The Guardian, in early 2005 she moved to
The Times, who were more willing to meet her demands, doubling her
previous salary. Shortly after starting her weekly column, she
referred to George Galloway, but appeared to confuse him with former
MP Ron Brown, reporting the misdeeds of Brown as those of Galloway,
"he incited Arabs to fight British troops in Iraq." She apologised
in her column and
The Times paid damages thought to have been
The Times dropped her Saturday column, and arranged a more
flexible arrangement with Burchill writing for the daily paper.
Later it emerged during a Guardian interview, published on 4 August
2008, that eventually she "was given the jolly old heave ho" by The
Times, and paid off for the last year of her three-year contract,
still receiving the £300,000 she would have earned if she had been
obliged to provide copy. She later described her columns for her
abbreviated Times contract, which ended abruptly in 2007, thus: "I was
totally taking the piss. I didn't spend much time on them and they
were such arrant crap".
In February 2006, she announced plans for a year's sabbatical from
journalism, planning, among other things, to study theology. She had
previously, in 1999, 'found God', and become a Lutheran. In June
2007, she announced that she would not be returning to journalism, but
instead concentrate on writing books and TV scripts and finally
undertake a theology degree, but she returned to writing for The
Burchill's co-written book with
Chas Newkey-Burden Not in My Name: A
Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy appeared in August 2008, and is
dedicated "to Arik and Bibi" (
Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu).
According to Gerald Jacobs, writing for
The Jewish Chronicle
The Jewish Chronicle in 2008,
"this book does not merely stand up for Israel, it jumps up and down,
cheers and waves its arms". The newspaper described her as
"Israel's staunchest supporter in the UK media". When asked if Israel
has any flaws, she responded: "Yes. They are much too tolerant of
their freaking neighbours, much too reasonable".
She declared in 2005, after Ariel Sharon's withdrawal of Israeli
settlers from the Gaza Strip, that "Israel is the only country I would
fucking die for. He's the enemy of the Jews. Chucking his own people
off the Gaza; to me that's disgusting". Besides writing occasional
pieces for The Guardian, she wrote four articles for the centre-right
politics and culture magazine Standpoint between July and October
At the end of June 2010 it was announced Burchill would be writing
exclusively for The Independent, contributing a weekly full-page
column for the paper. The connection lasted less than 18 months.
Burchill wrote her last column for
The Independent at the end of
October 2011. Admitting he had tried to recruit Burchill for The
Sun in the 1980s,
Roy Greenslade commented: "my admittedly occasional
reading of her columns in recent years has left [me] feeling that she
realises her old schtick is no longer working. She has run out of
steam – and sympathetic newspaper editors".
Commenting on the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Burchill wrote in The
Independent: "It would be wonderful to think that what replaces
Mubarak will be better. But here's the thing about Middle Eastern
regimes: they're all vile. The ones that are 'friendly' are vile and
the ones that hate us are vile. Revolutions in the region have a habit
of going horribly wrong, and this may well have something to do with
the fact that Islam and democracy appear to find it difficult to
co-exist for long".
On 13 January 2013, Burchill wrote an article for The Observer
Suzanne Moore after a reference by Moore to transsexuals had
been greeted with a great deal of criticism. In Burchill's view it
showed the "chutzpah" of transsexuals to have their "cock cut off and
then plead special privileges as women". There were a number of
objections to her writing from members of the transgender community
and non-transgender community alike. The editor of The
Observer, John Mulholland, responded on the comments page to what he
described as "many emails protesting about this piece" and stated that
he would be looking into the issue. Liberal Democrat MP Lynne
Featherstone, formerly a junior Minister for Women and Equalities,
called for the dismissal of Burchill and Mulholland in response to the
piece. The article was withdrawn from the website the following
day, and replaced with a message from Mulholland, but reappeared
on the Telegraph website. On 18 January The Observer's Readers
Editor Stephen Pritchard defended the decision to remove the article
from the newspaper's website, quoting the editor who took that
decision as saying "This clearly fell outside what we might consider
reasonable. The piece should not have been published in that form. I
don't want the Observer to be conducting debates on those terms or
with that language. It was offensive, needlessly. We made a
misjudgment and we apologise for that".
Religion and philo-semitism
In 1999, Burchill "found God", and became a Lutheran and later a
"self-confessed Christian Zionist". In June 2007, she announced
that she would undertake a theology degree, although she
subsequently decided to do voluntary work instead as a way to learn
more about Christianity. She has volunteered in a local RNIB
In June 2009,
The Jewish Chronicle
The Jewish Chronicle reported that Burchill had become a
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue and was again
considering a conversion to Judaism. Reported as having attended
Shabbat services for a month, and studying Hebrew, she described
herself as an "ex-Christian", pointing out that she had been pondering
on her conversion since the age of 25. Burchill said that "At a
time of rising and increasingly vicious anti-semitism from both left
and right, becoming Jewish especially appeals to me. ... Added to the
fact that I admire Israel so much, it does seem to make sense –
assuming of course that the Jews will have me". She wrote in
November 2012: "The things I love about the Jews are: their religion,
their language and their ancient country".
Burchill though clashed with Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah of the Brighton
and Hove Progressive Synagogue, and the Rabbi's lesbian partner, Jess
Woods. Among the reasons for the clash was Rabbi Sarah's defence
of Muslims and her advocacy of the Palestinian cause. In Burchill's
words, the rabbi "respects PIG ISLAM". Rabbi Sarah told The
Independent in September 2014: "The problem is [Burchill] doesn’t
have any in-depth knowledge. I can imagine her endlessly watching the
film Exodus with Paul Newman. She’s got a kind of Hollywood view of
Jews. You know, ‘Jews are so clever, we’ve survived...'."
In Autumn 2014, Burchill's book Unchosen: The Memoirs of a
Philo-Semite was published. Tel Aviv-based writer Akin Ajayi in
Haaretz thought "the reactionary solipsism of Unbound is far removed
from the affectionate warmness that a love of the Jewish people can
be". Burchill's ex-husband, Cosmo Landesman, considered it to be
an "exhilarating and exasperating mix of the utterly brilliant and the
totally bonkers". He observes that "there are plenty of Jews Julie
doesn’t love" including the "millions of Jews around the world who
have ever criticised Israel. Her love is blind, deaf and dumb to such
an obvious contradiction". Guardian Columnist Hadley Freeman
wrote: "Hilariously, she sets herself up as the Jewishness Police,
railing against Jews who are not Jewish enough".
She announced in November 2012 that her next book, Unchosen, was to be
crowd-source funded, via Unbound, and published after enough pledges
had been received. Her agent had failed to interest six
conventional publishers in the project.
Other books and television programmes
Burchill has written novels and made television documentaries. Her
novel Ambition (1989) was a best-seller and her lesbian-themed
novel for teenagers Sugar Rush (2004) was adapted into a television
drama series produced by
Shine Limited for Channel 4. Lenora
Crichlow's portrayal of the central character Maria Sweet inspired the
2007 sequel novel Sweet. Burchill has made television
documentaries about the death of her father from asbestosis in 2002
(BBC Four) and Heat magazine broadcast on
Sky One in 2006.
Media reaction and criticism
Burchill's views and writing have received significant media attention
and she is known for her strong opinions and contentious prose, in her
own words, "the writing equivalent of screaming and throwing
things". For her novel Sugar Rush her publicist described her
"Britain's most famous and controversial journalist". One of her
most consistent themes is her championing of the working-class (which
she still identifies with, despite now being a successful journalist)
against the middle-class in most cases, and has been particularly
vocal in defending chavs. According to Will Self, "Burchill's
great talent as a journalist is to beautifully articulate the
inarticulate sentiments and prejudices of her readers". For
Michael Bywater, Burchill's "insights were, and remain, negligible, on
the level of a toddler having a tantrum". As John Arlidge put it
in The Observer, "If Burchill is famous for anything it is for being
Julie Burchill, the brilliant, unpredictable, outrageously outspoken
writer who has an iconoclastic, usually offensive, view on
In November 1980, former
Sex Pistols front man
John Lydon gave an
Ann Louise Bardach where he referred to Burchill and Tony
Parsons as "toss-bag journalists, desperately trying to get in on
something" in response to their book, "The Boy Looked at Johnny", and
referred to its chapter on amphetamines as "stupidity". Lydon was
incensed by Burchill and Parsons attributing his talent to his alleged
use of the drug in their book.
In 2002, her life was the subject of a one-woman West End play, Julie
Burchill is Away, by Tim Fountain, with Burchill played by her friend
Jackie Clune. A sequel by Fountain, Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult,
followed in 2014, with
Lizzie Roper in the central role.
In 2003, Burchill was ranked number 85 in Channel 4's poll of 100
Worst Britons. The poll was inspired by the BBC series 100
Greatest Britons, though it was less serious in nature. The aim was to
discover the "100 worst Britons we love to hate". The poll specified
that the nominees had to be British, alive and not currently in prison
or pending trial.
Burchill has made frequent attacks on various celebrity figures, which
have attracted criticism for their cruelty. On the 25th anniversary of
John Lennon's murder by shooting in 2005 she told
The Guardian "I
don't remember where I was but I was really pleased he was dead, as he
was a wife-beater, gay-basher, anti-Semite and all-round
bully-boy". In the essay "Born Again Cows" published in Damaged
Gods (1987), she wrote: "When the sex war is won prostitutes should be
shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women".
Her defenders though have noted the self-deprecating aspects of her
persona. Asked by
Will Self in a 1999 interview if she was
solipsistic, she responded with the comment: "I don't know – I
didn't go to university".
Burchill was briefly married to Tony Parsons (whom she met at NME),
moving in with him in 1981, at the age of 21. She left three years
later, leaving behind a son, and subsequently there has been "a
steady stream of vitriol in both directions"; she claims to have
got through the "sexual side" of their marriage "by pretending that my
husband was my friend Peter York". Her relationships, particularly
with Parsons, have featured regularly in her work; Parsons later wrote
that "It's like having a stalker. I don't understand her fascination
with someone whom she split up with 15 years ago".
After Parsons, Burchill married Cosmo Landesman, the son of Fran and
Jay Landesman, with whom she also had a son. The sons from her
marriages with Parsons and Landesman lived with their fathers after
the separations. After splitting from Landesman in 1992, she
subsequently married again in 2004, to Daniel Raven, about 13 years
her junior, her former lover Charlotte Raven's brother. She 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. She has
written about her lesbian relationships, and declared that "I would
never describe myself as 'heterosexual', 'straight' or anything else.
Especially not 'bisexual' (it sounds like a sort of communal vehicle
missing a mudguard). I like 'spontaneous' as a sexual
description". However, in 2009 she said that she was only
attracted to girls in their 20s, and since she was now nearly 50, "I
really don't want to be an old perv. So best leave it".
She has lived in
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove since 1995 and a book on her
adopted home town titled Made in Brighton (Virgin Books) was published
in April 2007. Her house in Hove was sold (and demolished for
redevelopment as high-density flats) around 2005 for £1.5
million, of which she has given away £300,000, citing Andrew
Carnegie: "A man who dies rich, dies shamed."
Burchill's second son, Jack Landesman, aged 29, committed suicide in
late June 2015.
The Boy Looked at Johnny, co-written with Tony Parsons, 1978
Love It or Shove It, 1985
Girls on Film, 1986
Damaged Gods: Cults and Heroes Reappraised, 1987
Sex and Sensibility, 1992
No Exit, 1993
Married Alive, 1998
I Knew I Was Right, 1998, an autobiography
The Guardian Columns 1998–2000, 2000
On Beckham, 2002
Sugar Rush, 2004 (adapted for television in 2005)
Made in Brighton, 2007, co-written with her husband Daniel Raven
Not in My Name: A compendium of modern hypocrisy, 2008, co-written
with Chas Newkey-Burden
Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philo-Semite, 2014
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