Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Geoffrey Albert Wheatcroft (born 23 December 1945, in London) is a British journalist and writer.


He was educated at University College School, London, and at New College, Oxford, where he read Modern History.[1]

Publishing and journalism

He started work in publishing in 1968, working for Hamish Hamilton (1968–70), Michael Joseph (1971–73), and Cassell & Co (1974–75).

In 1975 he became the assistant editor of The Spectator, moving to the post of literary editor, which he occupied from 1977 to 1981. During the period 1981–84, he worked as a reporter in South Africa before becoming editor of the Londoner's Diary gossip column in the London Evening Standard, 1985–86. He was a Sunday Telegraph columnist 1987–91, freelance 1993–96; feature writer on the Daily Express, 1996–97; and has since written for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, The American Conservative, and other publications on both sides of the Atlantic.

His book The Controversy of Zion won a 1996 National Jewish Book Award.[2][3]

Marriage and family

In 1990, Wheatcroft married Sally Muir, the daughter of Frank Muir. They live in Bath with their two children Abigail and Gabriel.[4]


  • The Randlords (1985)
  • Absent Friends (1989)
  • The Controversy of Zion (1996)
  • The Strange Death of Tory England (2005)
  • Le Tour: A History of the Tour de France (2003, 2007, 2013)
  • Yo, Blair! (2007)


  1. ^ One Hundred Letters from Hugh Trevor-Roper, ed. Adam Sisman, Oxford University Press, 2014, p. 390
  2. ^ Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Most favored nation, The Boston Globe, 2 April 2006.
  3. ^ "Past Winners". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  4. ^ A Kentish Lad, Frank Muir, Corgi Books, 1998, p. 398


  • Who's Who (2008 edition) s.v. Geoffrey Wheatcroft

External links

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