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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: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,793 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Meynell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2012
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Marylounelson on 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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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kevan on 9 Jun 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AndrewL94 VINE VOICE on 22 Sep 2014
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Though autobiographical, there is nothing heavy or dry about this book. It races through his formative years as a journo and presenter, with touching stories of ordinary people, but also plenty of juicy anecdotes about his sometimes strained relations with colleagues (notably Jeremy Paxman and Jimmy Young).

I can understand why other staff found this cocky youngster irritating. Beneath the charming exterior there is steely ambition and more than a hint of arrogance. But what he does, he does well and professionally. He writes as he talks, with an easy fluency which makes his Radio 2 show so enjoyable (but also annoying at times). He is a worthy successor to JY. You suspect he still hankers after a more meaty, Paxman-like role, or possibly a spot of foreign correspondence. But he is clearly in the right job and it would be insane to move him elsewhere. Besides, he really loves music and this comes through both in the book and on the show.

I was amazed at how prosaic life is at the BBC. In many respects it's just another workplace, with people arguing over mugs and coat-hangers.

Very enjoyable. Roll on the next instalment.
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