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Lilly Miles
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11 Feb 2013
SEX, DRUGS, HEARTBREAK AND SCANDAL - THE INNER WORKINGS OF A TABLOID NEWSROOMFleet Street Fox's anonymity allows her to delve deep into the dark corners of that most guilty of pleasures - the tabloid exposé. Acerbic, funny, and revelatory, her diaries show the heart within the hack as she tries to recover from a betrayal as devastating as any newspaper scandal.Now an internet smash, with over forty thousand followers on twitter, two hugely popular blogs and a reputation throughout the media industry, Foxy's diaries are juicy, shocking and as near to the knuckle as the lawyers would allow. The Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox tells the truth about her trade: the private scandals, victories and disasters that don't end up on the front page. This is the hardest story she has ever told.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (11 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178033656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780336565
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant read. The first book I've read that starts at ninety miles an hour and then speeds up. (Jeremy Vine )

A hack with a heart ... a story that has to be read. (Dawn Porter )

When it comes to the inner workings of red-tops, Fleet Street Fox knows what she's talking about. (Charlie Brooker )

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The Truest Tabloid Tale You'll Ever Read

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't put it down enough 10 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Lilly was left by her violent husband after a brief marriage. Left as a young, attractive woman with no kids to support, a well-paid, interesting career, a supportive family, plenty of friends, and enough cash to keep the marital home.

Yet this book reads like one of those childhood-abuse memoirs, the type with a grainy photo of a teddy bear on the cover, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs. "I turn my face away, into my 245th glass of wine, as another close friend tells me how thin and young and attractive I am, and how I never did a single thing wrong in my marriage except to be non-stop incredible.

"But a tear rolls down my high-cheekbone and I find myself sending more texts to my ex, and calling him, and hacking into his emails and voicemail, but that's acceptable because I'm a hack. Then I change into my new dress, which is a size 8 today but was a size 10 yesterday and might be a 12 tomorrow (don't worry, I'll keep you updated). And I think to myself, will I ever stop bleating self-pityingly?"

The Fleet Street newsroom stuff is fascinating and funny. But the constant wah-wahing over the world's least-damaging divorce just got on my tits.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, zzzzzzzzz 16 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A tedious and repetitive story of an angry woman whose husband cheated on her. Was expecting far more insight into Fleet Street rather than page after page of wallowing in self pity. I almost felt sorry for the husband by then end, despite him clearly being a hideous excuse of a man. Not recommended at all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What an informative book 8 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gosh, it was so informative. Let me see, what did I learn?

a) being fat is a sin and makes you a totally worthless person
b) phone hacking is totes acceptable except possibly if done to families of murder victims, and even then is probably okay if you get a good story out of it
c) Madeline McCann jokes are funny. No, really they are, especially if you can drag the Fritzls in too.
d) you can get a book contract for a pile of the most self-pitying tosh known to man or woman, yippee!
e) you don't even have to spell the pseudonyms you give your colleagues consistently

In case you can't tell from the above, I loathed this book. I regret paying 99p for it, it was 98p more than it's worth. I wish I had back the couple of hours I spent reading it so I could do something more worthwhile with them, such as filing my nails or staring out of the window.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yawn 7 Jun 2013
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I was looking forward to this book. FSF has witty tweets and insights into tabloid journalism. From the build up I thought it was going to be an explosive look at behind the tabloid scenes, what goes on and how journalists really are.
Instead I got a book all about the divorce of a young woman who happened to be a journalist. Phone hacking was justified and made to sound ok, journalists painted as all idiots, constantly smoking, drinking and shagging and FSF comes across frankly as a pathetic woman lacking the intelligence to realise she had a lucky escape from a loveless marriage.
Feel let down and certainly won't be waiting in any queue for the next one if there is indeed one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it says on the tin 9 Aug 2013
By Rob L
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are some interesting insights onto the world of newspapers, bit this is mainly Foxy letting it all out about her divorce. I nearly gave up at the beginning when her description of the other woman was all based on her size, just reinforcing the tabloid mantra of thin is good, not thin is evil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming 23 April 2013
By Mrs BBB
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I follow FSF on Twitter so I had high expectations of this book and put off reading it until I went on holiday as I wanted to read it in 'one go'..... This wasn't to be the case. I read it quickly but that was mainly because I skim read parts as the repetition was inane. I was hoping for a real insight into her work but this is mainly about her divorce which wasn't entertaining or overly interesting in any way (obviously very upsetting for her, as it would be for anyone, but I don't think she necessarily needed to write about it), I'm hoping she will write another with some very juicy Fleet Street stories.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 24 Jun 2013
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The author's marriage breakup formed an hilariously funny first chapter. Unfortunately, the author used as the basis for the entire book and in doing so, undermined both her talent and likeability.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to finish 25 May 2013
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I had really high hopes for this book, but found by half way I was forcing myself to carry on, and not enjoying it at all.

Divorce is obviously a hard time, but the book felt like one giant long whinge about how much of a victim she was during hers.

I found the book repetitive, boring and full of self-pity.

Would have been better titled "The Diary of a thirty something divorcee who happens to be a journalist"

I would not recommend this book unless you are also going through a divorce - otherwise it's impossible to relate to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome Drivel
I actually didn't bother to waste money on this. I read a friend's copy after they gave up on it. What can I say other than don't waste your money - it is incessantly dull.
Published 1 month ago by frankefranke
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading. Not what it says on the tin!
What an awful book. Barely any insight really into Fleet Street scandal, just a whiny, bitter woman forever going on about her husband leaving her (who can blame him?! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss Sarah Maudsley
2.0 out of 5 stars A diary of a divorce - disappointing
As a twitter follower of FSF, I was eagerly expecting the same out-there, ballsy attitude from her book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S Winspur
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
glad I only paid 99p!

The parts about fleet street office behaviour are more interesting than the wallowing self pity
Published 3 months ago by Paul Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - you just need to know how things work out!
Great book - permission given to read a private diary - a big fan - would love to read the next instalment
Published 3 months ago by Miss K L Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars good. ish. buy it.
I did enjoy this. It's far more the story of a bitter divorce than anything else. The characterisation is shallow, the glimpses of Fleet Street life very narrow and mainly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by clizanne
3.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster, to quote a cliche
I think I liked it! It was certainly an insight into the tabloid newspaper world and its denizens.

And on a personal note, the story of a woman of startling emotions,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Before I bought this book I read all the negative comments, but having followed FSF on Twitter for some time, I bought it anyway

Yes it's all about her story, but it's a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Veronica Pullen
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story
For anyone who has undergone the pain of a divorce and the coping of the aftermath - Foxy is spot on.
Published 3 months ago by Fluffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling
Badly written, self-indulgent memoir of a self-obsessed brattish journo, but hey, she's making money from it! Not worth bothering with.
Published 3 months ago by PollyD
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