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Duncan Campbell-Smith

Author and historian


After ten years spent researching and writing institutional biographies, it seemed time in 2017 to move to the real thing – with the biography of an aero-engineer whose achievements helped to change the world in the twentieth century. JET MAN: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution is scheduled for publication by Head of Zeus on 10 December 2020.

Originally planned for September, JET MAN‘s launch was inevitably delayed by the impact of the pandemic on the sale of new books. All expectant authors this year can only be extremely grateful to their publishers where they have managed to soldier on with WFH and process new titles against all the odds …

Meanwhile, for those opting to sustain their lockdown a little longer, this is obviously the time to catch up on all those bulky volumes you meant to read in the past but didn’t. So grab a copy of my history of Britain’s Royal Mail, Masters of the Post, which was published by Penguin Allen Lane in November 2011 and came out in paperback in 2012. (The latest fortunes of Royal Mail and the Post Office have been exciting plenty of controversy recently, which I wrote about in June for The Spectator, How the Post Office Lost Its Way.)

Descriptions of all my books are set out on this site. One of them is Crossing Continents, my commissioned history of the Standard Chartered Bank which is still awaiting release. I hope to see the planned publication by Penguin Allen Lane confirmed shortly, for a date in the first half of 2021.

Duncan Campbell-Smith