An Improbable Life
After reflecting on the euphoric atmosphere at the inauguration of President Obama, McDonald looks back over his childhood in Trinidad, his emigration to Britain, and his first steps in journalism. He reflects on the experiences of the Windrush generation, and recalls the highlights of his long career, including exclusive interviews with Nelson Mandela, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.
A Day Like Today
Famous for his tough interviews on Radio 4’s Today programme, John Humphrys has had a long journalistic career including spells as a local reporter, foreign correspondent and television newsreader. His biography describes his working-class childhood in Cardiff, his eyewitness experiences of seismic news events such as the Aberfan disaster and the resignation of Richard Nixon. Also revealed are behind-the-scenes insights into the making of Today and his jousts with leading politicians of the last 30 years
Not Quite a Gentleman
The press baron Max Beaverbrook (1879–1964) was a dominant figure in 20th-century British life. This biography explores his Scots-Presbyterian upbringing in Canada and the financial dealings that made him a millionaire by the time he emigrated to the UK aged 31, before going on to record his political career, his ownership of the Daily Express, and his friendship with Winston Churchill.
War and the Death of News
From Battlefield to Newsroom – My Fifty Years in Journalism
Martin Bell has seen war from both sides, first as a soldier and then as a journalist, reporting from some of the worst conflicts of recent decades. In this personal account he describes his experiences in Vietnam, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and reflects on the way that journalism has changed. In the face of ‘embedded’ reporting, ‘infotainment’, social media and ‘post-truth’, he issues an impassioned call to put substance back into the news.
Empires of Print
Adventure Fiction in the Magazines, 1899–1919
Focusing on the work of authors such as Joseph Conrad, HG Wells, Conan Doyle and John Buchan, Professor Belk explores how writers of popular fiction engaged with foreign markets and readers through periodical publishing during the period 1899 to 1919.
In a long career working for the BBC, ITN and Sky News, award-winning journalist Jeremy Thompson travelled the world to report on events including the Tiananmen Square massacre and the release of Nelson Mandela. His autobiography offers a glimpse behind the scenes in the newsroom and shares both poignant and amusing moments during assignments, from the Miners’ Strike to the election of Donald Trump.
London Labour and the London Poor
Originally a series of articles for the Morning Chronicle, Mayhew’s ground-breaking researches into the lives and work of London’s poor and his interviews with working people, market traders, beggars, street entertainers, prostitutes and mudlarks were published in book form as London Labour and the London Poor in 1861. The work is read here by David Timson. Unabridged.
The Murdoch Method
Notes on Running a Media Empire
Rupert Murdoch has had a huge impact on the modern media landscape and Irwin Stelzer was an adviser to him for 35 years. He describes Murdoch’s predilection for risk-taking, mistrust of the establishment and unconventional management style, while analysing turning points in his career, from his purchase of British newspapers (the News of the World, followed by the Sun) and News Corp’s takeover of Twentieth Century Fox to Myspace’s decline and the tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
Making a Noise
Getting it Right, Getting it Wrong in Life, Broadcasting and the Arts
This candid memoir by Czech-born journalist and arts administrator John Tusa recollects the wrangles with BBC senior management over the creation of Newsnight in 1979 (he was a presenter). It also reveals how as managing director of the World Service (1986–93) he saw off unwanted political influence over its remit. And musing on his stint as head of the Barbican (1995–2007), he demonstrates how his passion for the arts turned the centre’s fortunes around.
A Memoir of War and Love
After three decades as the BBC’s war correspondent, Fergal Keane explores in this memoir how his fascination with conflict is rooted in his Irish ancestry. Through the recollections of friends and family he investigates the story of his grandmother, Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, who fought the British during the War of Independence in 1919–21. Opposing them was Tobias O’Sullivan, a policeman who believed it was his duty to uphold the law.
The Stories Behind the Headlines at the World's Most Famous Newspaper
As the chief reporter and news editor for the News of the World, Neville Thurlbeck was one of Fleet Street's most prominent journalists for over 20 years. In this memoir he recalls the most sensational scoops and scandals, including the Jeffrey Archer perjury case, the David Beckham and Rebecca Loos affair, and a variety of stories involving politicians, celebrities, serial killers and even MI5.
A Life From Print to Panorama
Tom Mangold is known to millions as the long-serving broadcaster of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Panorama. In this frank and often funny memoir, he describes his National Service in Germany, where he excelled at selling misappropriated cigarette tokens, and his years in the cut-throat world of Fleet Street tabloid journalism. He reflects on scoops and scandals, chaotic interviews with presidents, and reporting from the world’s deadliest conflict zones.
Reporting on Hitler
Rothay Reynolds and the British Press in Nazi Germany
The Daily Mail’s Berlin correspondent Rothay Reynolds was one of the first journalists to interview Hitler and, it was said, the only man capable of holding the Führer’s gaze. As his paper became increasingly vocal in its support for the Nazis, he struggled to report accurately on life in Germany. This account tells the story of Reynolds and other foreign correspondents such as Norman Ebutt and Hugh Carleton Greene who attempted to reveal the truth about the regime, often at great personal risk.
War and the Death of News
Reflections of a Grade B Reporter
Martin Bell has seen war from both sides, first as a soldier and then as a journalist, reporting from some of the worst conflicts of recent decades. In this personal account he describes his experiences in Vietnam, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and reflects on the way that journalism has changed. In the face of ‘embedded’ reporting, ‘infotainment’, social media and ‘post-truth’, he issues an impassioned call to put substance back into the news. Slightly off-mint.
The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine
Jann Wenner created a new type of magazine with Rolling Stone in 1967, mixing politics with serious pop-music journalism. This biography was written with extensive access to the controversial editor as well as interviews with leading rock stars.