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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (8 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091908493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091908492
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"absolutely astonishing. I'd highly recommend it" -- Diana Rigg

"fast and furious, juicy and jaundiced, racy and revelatory, scandalous and saucy, witty and wanton" -- Observer

"fun, very revealing and entertaining. Brilliant!" -- Melissa Porter, Mail on Sunday

'fast and furious, juicy and jaundiced, racy and revelatory, scandalous and saucy, witty and wanton...a rollicking read' -- Observer

'febrile, amusing' -- Sunday Times

'scurrilous, fun and interesting'
-- Patricia Ferguson, Scotland on Sunday

You will literally not sleep until you've devoued it all. -- More

full of juicy gossip and great stories -- Sunday Express, Konnie Huq, Blue Peter presenter

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 24 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
Piers Morgan is undoubtedly smug and I have always found him rather irritating. However, this is an entertaining book and even though I was quite prejudiced against him, I found him surprisingly difficult to dislike.
The book is written in a diary format giving his perspective on the events of the last ten years (covering his time as editor of the News of the World and the Daily Mirror). It covers are Princess Diana's relationship with the media and her death; the war with Iraq (and the Mirror's strongly anti-war stance); New Labour and his relationship with Tony & Cherie Blair, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell; his troubles with share dealing; his dealings with Rupert Murdoch, Kelvin McKenzie, Naomi Campbell, Jeremy Clarkson and other celebrities amongst many other topics.
Clearly his diary has been extensively edited to make it more readable but I would guess he has also taken the opportunity to portray himself in the best possible light and to make him appear almost prescient (he gives the impression that he has understood the full implications of important events almost instantly) while throwing in the odd, half-hearted attempt at self-deprecation in an attempt to make him appear more human and more likeable.
However, despite my reservations the book works; it is strangely addictive: once started it is very difficult to put down. It provides some interesting insight into events of the period together with some genuinely funny anecdotes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "jac_cutesmile" on 27 Oct 2005
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I didn't really have any strong views on Piers Morgan before I read this book other than he was a newspaper editor who was sacked for standing his ground. After reading The Insider I now think he's a nice bloke and as normal as you're going to get for a national newspaper editor! He can tell a good story and has the good grace to realise and admit when he's behaved like a total idiot or made bad calls as an editor. He puts 'celebrities' into a totally different light and if you didn't realise the amount of spin that goes on in our everyday lives then you will after reading it. Certainly confirmed my views on Mrs Blair anyway!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.Attar on 24 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is, to quote the author, "hilarious." It is a fascinating and hugely entertaining portrait of the media and its 'victims' from the perspective of Piers Morgan, former editor of the Mirror. It is opinionated, tabloid in style and Iraq-obsessed by the end. However, these are not faults. If Morgan and his paper, the Mirror, were obsessed with the Iraq War, why hide the fact? It is a career memoir not a history book, after all.
Don't be put off if you have never read a tabloid paper in your life. As long as you have an interest in current affairs that won't be a problem. Instead laugh at the follies of various B-list celebs, pass judgement when Morgan complains about the invasion of his own privacy and look shocked when you realise how much time the PM and other ministers have spent wining and dining journalists. Then laugh some more.
On a final note, although this book contains a lot about celebrity scandals, it is not a shocking exposé of the lives of celebs. It is a book about the tabloid media. Also, Big Brother is only mentioned once, and scornfully at that. Jordan makes only a couple of appearances. Ditto soap 'stars', minor pop singers, glamour models et al.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Suze TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar 2005
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Prior to reading this book I had thought Piers Morgan to be very irritating, hard-faced and smug. I still think he can be smug, but rather than irritating and hard-faced,I found him to be very funny and ....human. He has a heart after all. I got angry for him when he was 'shafted' and I felt for him when he had to grovel. I loved reading about the devious goings on between staff of rival papers trying to 'scoop' each other, and about politicians, Royals, celebrities etc playing their manipulating games. I had always suspected such things went on, but Piers tells it like it is. This book opens your eyes and shows what people in the public eye are REALLY like. I laughed out loud many times at some of his tales. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was fun and I couldn't put it down. Thanks Piers for such an entertaining read, and I apologise for ever thinking badly of you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Polly Harvey on 24 Dec 2005
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Like a lot of people, I saw Piers Morgan as smug and arrogant. A man more interested in selling papers than considering how much his antics affected peoples' lives. My opinion of his in this sense still hasn't changed after reading the book, however, I also see him as charming, funny and above all, quite honest (I hope) in admitting his failings, as well as being willing and ready to point out those of others.
I teach Media Studies, and I will definitely be recommending this book to my students. It gives a real insight into the workings of Fleet Street (I still call it that although it isn't Fleet Street anymore!) and how tabloids go about getting their scoops.
Fascinating reading, and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ccluck on 27 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book it gave me a great insight into the world of journalism which I found really compelling, I thought it was brilliantly written and I just couldnt put the book down. I also really enjoyed reading about all the different famous people especially Tony Blair I thought it was really brill.
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