John Gale (British journalist)

John Gale (1925–1974) was a British journalist.

Early lifeEdit

Gale was born in 1925 in Edenbridge, Kent[1][2] and studied at Stowe School.


After serving in the army he returned to London and became a successful journalist, working for The Observer during the 1950s and 1960s. He worked closely with the photographer Jane Bown.[3]

He married Jill Robertson, and had three children: Joanna, James and Kiki. They lived in Hampstead Garden Suburb, North London.

He was famous for his quirky, witty, outspoken writing style. He famously took Groucho Marx to a cricket match in the mid-1950s.[4]

While covering the war in Algeria, he saw a number of atrocities that had a direct effect on his mental health. He was treated for manic depression, and committed suicide in 1974, aged 49[5]


He published a number of books which were well-received by critics and the public.

  • Clean Young Englishman (1965), republished June 27, 1988 by The Hogarth Press and now available as an e-book from Hodder & Stoughton[6]
  • Family Man (Hodder & Stoughton, 1968)
  • Travels with a Son (1972)
  • Camera Man (1979)


  1. ^ "John Gale (biographical details)". 29 May 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ Gale, John (13 August 2015). Clean Young Englishman - John Gale - Google Libros. ISBN 9781473610668. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ Luke Dodd and Eamonn McCabe. "Jane Bown obituary | Art and design". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ John Gale and Michael Davie. "From the Observer archive, 27 June 1954: Groucho Marx goes to cricket's Mecca | News". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  5. ^ Frith, David (16 December 2011). Silence Of The Heart: Cricket Suicides - David Frith - Google Libros. ISBN 9781780573939. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Clean Young Englishman". Hodder & Stoughton. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

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