Decca Aitkenhead Bio, Age, Husband, Children, Net Worth, Cancer

By | April 11, 2024

Decca Aitkenhead Biography

Decca is an English journalist, author, and broadcaster. He gave interviews for newspaper’s G2 section.

How old is Decca Aitkenhead?

He was born in 1971 in Wiltshire, England, he is 53 years old as of 1971 . His official name is Jessica Aitkenhead.

Decca Aitkenhead Family – Education

Aitkenhead’s family receded in Wiltshire when she was given birth to, and she has three brothers older than her. Her father was a teacher in Bristol before venturing into building when the family moved to the countryside. Her mother was diagnosed with severe lung cancer and passed away when Aitkenhead was nine. Several years after, Aitkenhead learnt that her mother had killed herself. Aitkenhead studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester, and she served as a columnist and feature writer for the Manchester Evening News. After moving to London, she got a Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London in 1995 before beginning her profession in the national press.

Decca Aitkenhead family

Come May 2014, Aitkenhead’s partner, Kids Company charity servant Tony Wilkinson, was swept away by ragging water in Jamaica as he attempted to save one of the couple’s two children. The two had been together for a over ten years. Aitkenhead’s memoir All at Sea details their connection and the bereavement process.

Decca Aitkenhead Net Worth

He has a roughly calculated net worth of £4 million.

Decca Aitkenhead Cancer

Just one year after Wilkinson died, Aitkenhead noticed she had an aggressive form of breast cancer with a hereditary link. The cancer had gone into remission due to medical treatment that included chemotherapy.

Decca Aitkenhead Career

Aitkenhead started writing for The Independent in 1995 and then got into The Guardian in 1997, but she called it quits with the newspaper in 1999 to write her first ever book. At this time, she spent one year in Jamaica with her then-husband.

Aitkenhead’s book, The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E, was unveiled in 2002. While ecstasy was touted as a way to make oneself jovial in her travels, Dave Haslam in a London Review of Books article considered the book as, “In many ways” not “a great advertisement for drug-taking” the reason being her experiences are generally “joyless” and not transforming.

In his Guardian review, Ian Penman refereed to the work as “tentative,” while Geraldine Bedell in The Observer refereed to it as “intelligent and absorbing book.” She served as a freelance writer for the Mail on Sunday, the London Evening Standard, and the Sunday Telegraph up to coming back to The Guardian in 2004.

Aitkenhead gave interviews for the newspaper’s G2 section. She bagged the British Press Award for Interviewer of the Year in 2009. It was claimed that she had “particularly impressed the judges with her remarkable encounter in August with Chancellor Alistair Darling” .She as well is a part to radio and TV shows. Aitkenhead won the BBC’s 2020 Russell Prize for Best author for her article, How a Jamaican Psychedelic Mushroom vacation Helped Me Process My Grief, which featured in The Times.

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