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Interesting, Historical, a bit Tedious
on 26 July 2013
My Trade is part history, part autobiography. Marr, who claims he “stumbled onto journalism,” takes readers through British journalism’s past and present, as well as predictions of its future highlighting the vices and virtues that appear throughout the history of British journalism.
He does this by using ample evidence, in the forms of quotes from the field’s major players coupled with excerpts from old newspapers. This is all tied together by Marr’s own insight and experience from working in various positions within the trade.
Marr’s book is a short, but detailed and sometimes tedious history of British journalism and the trade as it exists today. Reading the book, one can imagine Marr pouring over towering stacks of autobiographies and old newspapers, eagerly trying to squeeze every quirky newspaper proprietor, drunken editor, ruthless reporter, and mad Victorian news story into a volume of less than four hundred pages.