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Piers Morgan
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8 Sep 2005

The Insider dominated the media on publication in March 2005 and instantly became a No.1 bestseller. Not only did it fill thousands of column inches with its revelations about prominent political and showbiz figures, it was critically acclaimed across the broadsheets for its unique and fascinating insight into the worlds of celebrity, royalty, politics and the media.

Piers Morgan was made editor of the News of the World, the UK's biggest-selling Sunday newspaper at the record-breaking age of 28. The decade that followed was one of the most tumultuous in modern times. In a world of indiscreet dinners, private meetings and gossipy lunches, Piers Morgan found himself in the thick of it. His diaries from this remarkable period reveal astonishing and hilarious encounters with an endless list of celebrities and politicians alike: Diana, William, Charles and Camilla; Tony Blair, Cherie, Gordon Brown; Paul McCartney, George Michael and Elton John; Jeremy Clarkson, Paula Yates and Gazza to name just a few.

Entertaining, engaging and compulsive, The Insider was the most talked-about book of 2005, blowing apart every notion we have of politics, media and celebrity.

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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: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A right, rollicking good read" (Andrew Neil Evening Standard)

"A riveting read with splendid anecdotes on almost every page" (The Times)

"This is a book of historical importance" (Peter Oborne The Spectator)

"A compelling read on any level, whether you want to consider the relationship between politics and the press, royal behaviour, the red-top world - or just want a good laugh" (Independent)

"Funny and fabulously indiscreet, this is a book that holds up a mirror to the spinning and posturing of our celebrity age ... scurrilously entertaining" (Observer)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable 24 Oct 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A romping read! 27 Oct 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enlightening 24 Oct 2005
By S.Attar
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the world of journalism 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 24 Dec 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 27 April 2005
By ccluck
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously fun to read
I wonder if he'd have written this differently given what we now know about phone hack and the devastation it's had on so many innocent people's lives? Read more
Published 7 months ago by S Winspur
3.0 out of 5 stars Piers Morgan has to be taken with a pince of salt
I read this book on relocating to live in the UK a few years ago. It was an
entertaining if indecent entry point to English current affairs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laurence Dann
5.0 out of 5 stars Stochastic snapshots of a brilliant mind.
Are these really words or just the neo-minimalist mind etchings of Piers Morgan? mere thought farts of the Morgan legacy which perhaps question their own raison d'etre. Read more
Published 19 months ago by @ad_I_am
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
Bought as a presentr for my sis - in - law who has raved about it. She is in journalism therefore the subject was perfect for her.
Published 20 months ago by GinaG
5.0 out of 5 stars Like him or not.!
Bought for my 'good lady' she just loves the book. Written with much humour and wit in an easy to read manner.
Published 21 months ago by Peter Gatford
3.0 out of 5 stars High class gossip
Good for a quick read on the plane but you get bored with his lack of insight. Amazing how often he seems to have been drunk at public events.
Published 22 months ago by Henley Greysurfer
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOZE, BOOZE, BOOZE !!
I found this book to be a very enjoyable chronicle of the daily life of Piers, although some of it seems a bit far fetched. Read more
Published 23 months ago by super al
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining!
I feel sorry for Piers Morgan in a way, because whenever he is on TV he seems so pleased with himself and consequently is easy to dislike.. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by Sasha D
4.0 out of 5 stars This book taught me about politics and publishing
When I began to read this, I was looking forward to the gossip and the name-dropping. Instead, what I got was a first-rate look into how newspapers and politics worked hand in... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Mrs. Marina R. Fry
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite entertaining, considering
If you can get past the fact that it's written by the man Private Eye calls Piers Moron, then it's quite a fun beach read. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Ellie Gorman
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