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Obscure Scribblers: A History of Parliamentary Reporting Hardcover – 1 May 2003

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Politico's Publishing Ltd (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842750615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842750612
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,322,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diligently written, full of affection for the institution with which it deals ... a delight. -- Spectator, June 14, 2003 - Gerald Kaufman

Fair and meticulous ... I wish I had read such a book before becoming The Times's parliamentary sketchwriter. -- Daily Telegraph, June 7, 2003 - Matthew Parris

Highly readable ... The book is essential reading for anyone interested in Parliament or the press. -- Historical Association, August 19, 2003

Magnificent ... Any parliamentarian who has not read Sparrow's book should get hold of a copy at once. -- The House Magazine, July 14, 2003 - Chris Moncrieff

Obscure Scribblers is a vivid account of dealings between the press and politicians ... full of shrewd judgements. -- Times Literary Supplement, June 20, 2003 - Mark Garnett


Sparrow's account of over three centuries of Parliamentary reporting brings in literary giants such as Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens (who worked as a reported in Parliament in the 1830s) as well as covering major developments in how reporting was carried out - and press coverage.

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A friend and I were thinking of writing about the Press Gallery of which I was and she is a member.
Andy has,however, shot our fox with his brilliant book about the place where he,too, has worked
for many years..
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