John Campbell is one of Britain's leading political biographers.
His first book, Lloyd George: The Goat in the Wilderness, was published by Jonathan Cape in 1977 and was runner-up in that year's Yorkshire Post award for the best first book by a new author. Since then he has written F. E. Smith, First Lord of Birkenhead (Cape, 1983); Roy Jenkins (Weidenfeld, 1983); Nye Bevan and the Mirage of British Socialism (Weidenfeld, 1986); Edward Heath (Cape, 1993), winner of the 1994 NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction; Margaret Thatcher: The Grocer's Daughter (Cape, 2000); Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady (Cape, 2003); and Pistols at Dawn (Cape, 2009). His most recent project is a major biography of Roy Jenkins, also published by Cape.
He has also edited a number of books, most notably The Experience of World War II (Harrap, 1989), and has reviewed regularly for The Times, Independent, Sunday Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere.