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The First Lady of Fleet Street: The life, fortune and tragedy of Rachel Beer Paperback – 6 Sep 2012


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543996
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is an extraordinary story, all the more remarkable in that such a fascinating woman should be almost completely unknown. All credit to the authors for giving the first lady of Fleet Street the byline she deserves.' - Daisy Goodwin The Sunday Times

'A strange story of a remarkable and forward-thinking lady, for a time at the centre of the male-dominated world of Fleet Street.' - Rosie Boycott The Lady

a fascinating story -- Independent on Sunday

'vividly told' --Choice Magazine

'A strange story of a remarkable and forward-thinking lady, for a time at the centre of the male-dominated world of Fleet Street.' - Rosie Boycott The Lady --http://www.amazon.com/First-Lady-Fleet-Street-Fortune/dp/1906779198

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YEHUDA KOREN and EILAT NEGEV are respected writers and journalists. Their books include In Our Hearts We Were Giants and Lover of Unreason: The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2012
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Britain's first female national newspaper editor, Rachel Beer, is a surprisingly little known person, all the more so given her lively and interesting family history and that she edited not only one but two newspapers, both of which are still very much with us - The Observer and The Sunday Times.

(The first Sunday newspaper in Britain also had a female editor, but it was not a national newspaper. That was Elizabeth Johnson, who launched the British Gazette and Sunday Monitor on 26 March 1780.)

Beer's opportunity to achieve this first came in part due to her husband, Frederick Beer, whose own foray into the newspaper industry gave his wife the first steps along the road in a very male-dominated society and profession. That then provided the stage for Rachel Beer's formidable skills and determination to achieve something, a woman editing a national newspaper, which no-one in Britain managed for more than 80 years afterwards.

A large part of the book is the prequel to this, providing the background of their family history. Their families were so colourful and interesting, spanning from the India of the British Empire, via family control of 70% of the Chinese opium market through to the shocking Jewish ghettos of Germany, and featuring Siegfried Sassoon as a nephew, that these accounts would make a great volume on their own.

The book contains the wonderful story of Augustus Harris's brief period as owner of The Sunday Times. The manager of the Drury Lane Theatre, he wished to sue someone from libel who had accused him of not being able to write anything. To buttress his case, he decided to buy a newspaper which could then run a weekly column from him, so demonstrating his ability to write.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Movie Man on 4 Dec. 2012
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A fascinating tale of two "great" houses and their extraordinary link with two great newspapers. Subject batter a must for anyone with an interest in newspaper history.
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