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It's All News to Me [Hardcover]

Jeremy Vine
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Book Description

7 Jun 2012
Jeremy Vine is one of the most successful broadcasters of recent years and in 2012 clocks up a quarter of a century at the BBC. In It's All News to Me, he takes a look back over his career from the very first day when he arrived at broadcasting house, (by coincidence an inauspicious news day - the fateful Black Monday of 1987.) Jeremy explains his big break as a Today programme reporter when he was fired at by a sniper during the early days of the war in Bosnia; he walks us through the corridors of Westminster in the 1990s when he was a political correspondent, trying to deal with the likes of Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson; he reflects on the steep learning curve that was his posting as African correspondent at the turn of the millennium; and his return to the UK where he was dubbed Paxman's "mini-me" on Newsnight. He also explains what it's like presenting Radio 2's lunchtime show and talking to 6 million listeners - people who, as he puts it "have better stories than we do." Written in Jeremy's unmistakably lively and self-deprecating voice, It's All News to Me paints a vivid picture of what it's like to be trapped inside the BBC - arguably the most interesting organisation in the country - for 25 years. It's also about our obsession with news - just exactly how and why it happens - and the power of real life stories versus the media's desire to shape them.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849837767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849837767
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Wry, self-knowing and sometimes delightfully acid, this is the ultimate insider's account of today's BBC. Jeremy Vine shows himself as good a writer as he is a broadcaster, but with more generosity of spirit than many of us. His best stories are often against himself and anyone interested in TV journalism will lap this up' --Andrew Marr

`Jeremy Vine writes the way he broadcasts: warm, witty and often revelatory. This book is packed with gossip and fun - but also real insight' --Jonathan Freedland

'Engagingly honest and hugely enjoyable warts and all account of a life in the BBC - required reading for anyone with an interest in broadcasting and journalism. A highly likeable book from a highly likeable broadcaster' --Ken Bruce

`This is a roller-coaster ride around the thrills and spills of life in a media career: Jeremy Vine has steadfastly worked his way around all the enclaves of current affairs power in the BBC: he has done it with aplomb and lashings of skill and confidence. Now he takes us with him down the corridors of power and into the newsrooms of influence. His account is often hilarious and self-deprecating, but laced with nuggets of wisdom for those thinking of taking the same path'
--Joan Bakewell

'One of the most engaging broadcasters of his day proves to be equally good company on the page. Just as his Radio 2 show moves between sharp interviews and soothing music, the book alternates stonking anecdotes (about Blair, Brown, Mandelson, Paxman and others) with penetrating analysis of news events and news-making. A rare example of a book that could be enjoyed on a beach but also taught on media studies courses' Mark Lawson


'Jeremy Vine is one of Britain's foremost broadcasters, which gives his stories and insights especial authority. He peels back the strange world of broadcasting that we inhabit with humour, compassion, honesty, originality and, above all, accuracy. Our business will never be quite the same again!' Andrew Neil


'A thought-provoking yet satisfyingly gossipy account of being a BBC lifer. I laughed out loud and winced at the same time as I recognised the moments of pride and exquisite humiliation that come with the job' Fiona Bruce


'Brilliant a witty, honest account of an in-and-out-and-in love affair with Aunty' Dermot O'Leary


'He has written a brilliant memoir detailing his adventures at the BBC... Vine's anecdotes on politics and broadcasting are marvellous: I giggled, dribbled, screeched... Vine is silly and joyful and has written a silly and joyful book, which I adored' Daily Telegraph


'Anecdotes, gossip and memorable moments with Paxman and Mandelson mark an account of 25 years at the BBC... This is an engaging, skilfully paced tome, full of heart and cracking anecdote. Going by this, Vine could afford to feel just a little bit smug' Observer


'Panorama and Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine hopes he hasn t ruffled too many feathers of his waspish, witty memoir marking his 25 years at the BBC' Hannah Stephenson, Press Association


'A terrific book'-Richard Bacon


Jeremy Vine, A life changing decision to embrace the new is sparked by an e-reader and the operatic passion of Otello. Sunday Telegraph


This year Jeremy Vine clocked up a quarter of a century at the BBC, and in this memoir he takes a look back over his career from the very start when he arrived at Broadcasting House on an inauspicious news day --Living North

'One of the most engaging broadcasters of his day proves to be equally good company on the page. Just as his Radio 2 show moves between sharp interviews and soothing music, the book alternates stonking anecdotes (about Blair, Brown, Mandelson, Paxman and others) with penetrating analysis of news events and news-making. A rare example --Richard Bacon, Radio 5 Live

'Jeremy Vine is the perfect diarist... Brilliant' --Telegraph

'A wry candour that never tips into spite' --The Observer

'Really interesting reading' --Sara Cox in Independent Traveller

About the Author

Born in Epsom, Jeremy has previously been presenter of Newsnight, political correspondent at Westminster, reporter on the Today programme and Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg. He is also one of only four presenters in the history of Panorama, the world's oldest current affairs programme. In 2003 Jeremy took over the Radio 2 news and music slot Sir Jimmy Young had occupied illustriously for 29 years.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading! 29 Jun 2012
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At 28, I only know of Jeremy VIne from radio 2 so it was a pleasure and extremely interesting to read of his career before radio 2. I laughed out loud at parts and cried a river at his chapter on the fallen soldiers and the parents he interviewed. I have to say that sometimes I find him slightly dismissive on radio 2 and sometimes listening to him, he doesn't exude warmth which he talks about in this book. However reading his words I felt the warmth and humour and have to say I couldn't put it down.

I would really reccomend it !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Meynell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book was simply hilarious. Laugh-out loud funny, in fact. And he says it's all true. So I guess it must be. He is a BBC journalist, after all. It's not to say that it's all light and fluffy - there are moments of necessary reflection and poignancy along the way (especially in the account of his years in Africa), as well as real insight as he reflects on what actually constitutes news.

But the majority of the book is taken up with various `rules' for success in journalism. They are many and varied. I'm considering how to appropriate them to ordinary life. But some may be a bit tricky (like the maximum number of Jeremys you can have on Newsnight, and my favourite 'Good luck and don't drop the gun'). It will all make sense in context. Just to give a flavour here are a couple of my favourites:
"One night I found the top drawer of my desk jammed shut. I rang maintenance. An hour later two workmen in blue overalls arrived with tools and levered the drawer open.
I thanked them, but just as they were leaving I tried to push the drawer closed again and found it would not budge.
`Hey sorry, excuse me-' I called them back in. `The drawer's open, but it won't shut now.'
`Sorry mate,' they said. `You need someone else for that.'
It was not just the drawers that needed shutting. I was doing a piece on Muhammad Ali and wanted some original recordings of the Rumble in the Jungle, the great fight between Ali and Foreman. So I asked the switchboard to put me through to the boxing department.
After some clicking and ringing, a woman at the other end said: `Hello, boxing?'
`Hi. Do you have the soundtrack for the fight between Ali and Foreman? The one where-'
She interrupted me. `No, sorry love, we're nothing to do with sport.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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I once heard that champion table tennis players in China spend their first few years learning the discipline of all the moves and only when they have truly mastered this is the humble ping pong ball added into the mix to bring the game alive. This is a little how it feels reading Jeremy Vine's wonderful new book It's All News to Me. The first half describes his time watching the master editors and broadcasters at work and his own learning of the moves. Now don't get me wrong, this first half is a page turner which had me both laughing out loud and also agog at the picture painted of New Labour and its spin machine in Westminster. But you always got the feeling that this particular political correspondent who, despite being thrilled at the ride he had been launched upon, was still questioning whether there wasn't something more out there. All the seeds are sown during that time. The editor on the local newspaper in Coventry who taught him that you always go and listen when someone comes knocking at your door. The teacher who told him that it's not the kings and queens that matter but the poets. Then the towering figure of John Sargeant who commented that the early Jeremy Vine's scripts were so good you wondered if the story even matters. In all of this, there's an uneasiness as to what's going on with the political system and also the way that news is both defined and reported. The turning point comes, as it did for Marlow in Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', in Africa. It is there that the humble little ping pong ball which is life itself is thrown into the mix. Life in all its tragic richness in a continent plagued by wars, disease, crime and injustice. As if, before that he really had just been shadow-boxing. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book was purchased for my wife who laughed and cried through a period of recent media history. We both really enjoyed the biography. Light and easy read.
A great talent .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC insight 10 Aug 2013
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If you enjoy Jeremy's radio programme you'll appreciate the insight into the BBC and its workings. Jeremy is generous to his colleages, he shows his development within the BBC along with his many worries and perceived frailties. He covers extensively but steps gently around his takeover from JY, ever the diplomat, and his tricky relationship with Paxo. In summary well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read. 9 Jun 2013
By Nicky P
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Enjoyed this book very much & felt that I even learnt something about life in Westminster. Love Jeremy's radio show & this book is written very much like the way he presents the show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all news to me 11 Aug 2012
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A good read and very well written - well done Jeremy Vine

We enjoy your radio 2 Programme.

Intersenting reading
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, interesting and accessible 9 July 2012
By Martin
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Reading this book is like have Jeremy Vine with you at the pub. It's informative and anything but too clever for its own good.

What he wrote about 9/11 was full of emotion but not over written and that's the style of this wonderful book.

I hope he does a tour at some time in the near future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC,warts and all
If you like politics,reporting,the BBC and radio 2 (and Jeremy vine) you will love this book,as I did.thouroughly recommended,I absolutely loved it
Published 27 days ago by martin kempster
5.0 out of 5 stars What a man!
Is there no end to Jeremy Vine's talents. He's on radio and television and now he's an author. He's a good author too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Begley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this for my uncle and he raved about it and said it was very interesting,
I will take his word for it as it aint my reading material!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by hayley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - fun entertaining and poignant
Really enjoyed this book very funny in places, very interesting with some poignant stories as well. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to read an entertaining autobiography
Published 1 month ago by Frumentarius
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Don't be fooled by the persona Jeremy Vine presents to us all on Eggheads, this guy is one tough cookie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SteveW1960
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished business
Sorry Jeremy, I love you but got bored with this so didn't finish the book. Will probably give it another go on another holiday.
Published 5 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars A compulsory read
I dont usually read autobiographies and chose this while persusing on Amazon one day.

This book is beautifully written, with the voice of Jeremy clearly in your head as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by darkstar
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what happened to him after this......
Seemed to fade right out of view.......oh and I need to pad this review out a bit or amazon won't .....there we go
Published 6 months ago by uncle wald
3.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Vine book
This was bought as a gift - I haven't actually read it myself, but thought it would be of interest to the person I bought it for.
Published 6 months ago by Carol Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all News to Me
I enjoyed reading this book - it is interesting to read some of the background to News Production at the BBC - told frankly, modestly, and with a light touch. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sheila hetherington
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