- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Elliott & Thompson; annotated edition edition (19 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909653438
- ISBN-13: 978-1909653436
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News Hardcover – Special Edition, 19 Sep 2013
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It was his experience of being not-exactly-misled on a daily basis that inspired his second book, Would They Lie To You. It's a guide to "uncommunication" - the art of not saying what you mean.
Before joining Bloomberg in 2004, he worked at the Mirror and Financial Times. Having read Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University, he is believed to be the only member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery to have built a rugby-playing robot. Arguably his most notable contribution to journalism has been the introduction of the 'news sandwich' to the political lexicon. The best piece of advice he was ever given was during a visit to Tripoli: "That's my M4 by your leg. If I grab it, duck." He lives in south east London with his wife and sons.
You can find out more at www.roberthutton.co.uk or www.facebook.com/RobDotHutton
Shortlisted for the Political Humour Book of the Year at the PaddyPower Political Book Awards 2014
Financial Times Gift Books of the Year
Sunday Times Books of the Year - Humour Roundup
Spectator Books of the Year - chosen by Matthew Parris
"great joy from Robert Hutton's Romps, Tots and Boffins. Never has the weird language of headlines been so wittily defined."--Libby Purves, 'books of the year', The Times
"Robert Hutton...has set himself up as the Dr Johnson of this strange, widely read, hardly spoken, language."--Matthew Engel, Financial Times
"I'm loving a little book just out by my fellow political journalist Rob Hutton. It's called Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News but is so much more than a hilarious compendium of the ghastly cliché to which our trade is prone. "--Matthew Parris, The Times
"An essential guide to finding out what you are reading about. Some people may dismiss this as a 'loo book' but, actually, it's so much more."--Ann Treneman, The Times"A right romp"--Paul Dietrich, The Metro"A fascinating code-breaker of the cliches, inanities and banalities which fill our newspapers. Or, if you prefer, 'News Secrets Revealed Leaving Bosses Shamefaced'. I'm not sure I dare write another word."--Nick Robinson"Finally, I understand what my fellow journalists are writing about."--Simon Hoggart"Long journey to Lib Dem Conference enlivened by Robert Hutton's journalese book, Romps, Tots + Boffins - hilarious, wonderful, + very true - a mini classic"--Andrew Sparrow, Guardian Politics blogger"Very funny new book by Robert Hutton - "Romps, Tots + Boffins: the strange language of news" - a must-read page-turner"--Iain Martin, former editor of the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday"For readers, it promises to explain what journalists really mean. And for journalists, it also provides a guide to some of the hackneyed, arcane and clichéd phrases that are probably best avoided."--Axegrinder, Press Gazette"an amusing dictionary of arcane hack-speak"--Michael Deacon, The Telegraph"The world of journalism was rocked to its foundations last night as a top newsman claimed to have discovered the secret of 'journalese'." --John Rentoul, The Independent
About the Author
Robert Hutton has been UK political correspondent for Bloomberg since 2004; previously, he worked at the Mirror and Financial Times. Having read Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at Edinburgh University, he is believed to be the only member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery to have built a rugby-playing robot. Arguably his most notable contribution to journalism has been the introduction of the 'news sandwich' to the political lexicon. He lives in south east London with his wife and sons.
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Top Customer Reviews
I never really gave much thought into the origin of phrases such as 'mad cow disease' or the fact that the scientific term may be something different.
Also love the fact that the language of journalese is never complete. I constantly find myself coming up with new phrases which I will be sure to pass onto Robert Hutton for volume II.
Get buying people.
Hutton has cleverly identified the way that newspapers use language (often language never found outside of newspapers) to suit their agenda, and provides an entertaining guide to decoding it. A great book to dive into occasionally, especially when irritated with the media! So always.
If you are a journalist or a media studies student, buy it. If you love a journalist, buy it for them. If neither apply, I think it'll still make you laugh - and probably horrify you in places too.
Hutton has a brilliant ear for the language of news and an insider's knowledge of how newspapers work. So this is not just an exhaustive list of journalists' jargon: every definition is funny because it exposes, in our own words, the arcane or hyperbolic vocab we use to turn something into a story.
The book is divided into lots of short sections covering every part of a paper - from crime to the Royals to sport. This makes it very dippable, although I read it straight through in two sittings, thrilled to recognise my tribal language.
Can't recommend it enough.
This is an affectionate book, written by an insider who clearly loves journalism while being highly attuned to its oddities and idiosyncrasies. The result is both illuminating and extremely funny. I laughed out loud on nearly every page.
I certainly wont be jamming any hotlines or launching a foul mouthed tirade!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fritz Spiegel did this over thirty years ago in "Keep Taking the Tabloids" (second hand copies still available on Amazon). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Artefact
Enjoyable and funny book. Definitely recommend. Interesting learning the bizarre semantics of tabloid journalism.Published 11 months ago by M E WORRALL/REBECCA PAVEY
Brilliant. Cried with laughter at the explanations of expressions journalists use to make a story. Also interesting to think about how we go along with them without questioning... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Georgina
Hilarious from cover to cover. Brilliant incisive writing that cleverly deconstructs the language of the UK print media. Cannot recommend this book highly enough.Published 13 months ago by amv
Until I read this, I had not realised how many of these journalistic shorthand phrases they were.
A very funny book and great for dipping.
An amusing list of words and phrases used by journalists. I had most fun thinking of my own favourites and waiting for them to appear. Most did!Published 17 months ago by Shez