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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP OF THE TIPS
So why hasn't there been a brilliant fictional reenactment - a novel? a film? - of the horrors and glories of British tabloid journalism. As you ponder why this is the case take time to read this wonderful book. If you aren't British you should maybe strive to understand our bizarrely vital culture through the foul-mouthed often rancorous but also, in a way he never...
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by nick fraser

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Interesting and well written but not as funny as expected. Well worth the money and a good account of the newspaper world.
Published on 3 Nov 2012 by J.B.Binns


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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP OF THE TIPS, 14 Oct 2011
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So why hasn't there been a brilliant fictional reenactment - a novel? a film? - of the horrors and glories of British tabloid journalism. As you ponder why this is the case take time to read this wonderful book. If you aren't British you should maybe strive to understand our bizarrely vital culture through the foul-mouthed often rancorous but also, in a way he never understood, idealistic personality of Kelvin MacKenzie, editor of the Sun in its heyday and whose headlines exercise a hold over the British imagination only rivalled by the Bard. It is fashionable to decry Murdochland for its abysmal journalistic practices. That's to be expected, though the sanctimony is a bit nauseating; but we should also appreciate the vanishing breed of hacks for their cunning, the quality of their abuse and the rough democracy installed by the publications that kept them in booze. In Bouverie Street, the old headquarters of the Sun and the News of the World, there was a squalid Irish pub much favoured by Murdoch lifers, The Tipperary. It was known as the TOP OF THE TIPS. Say no more...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The backstory of the Murdoch empire, 18 July 2011
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This is an excellent primer for how Rupert Murdoch managed to take control of the UK media and, in effect, gain unprecedented control of UK politics over the past forty years. I write this review as the hacking scandal deepens and recommend this as an answer to many questions about the building of the Murdoch empire.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and funny, well worth reading, 31 May 1999
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This book really does deserve a five-star rating. It's well written, and recounts lots of interesting and amusing stories. Reading this book is not a chore, it almost reads itself. Definitely worth getting.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murdoch and Mackenzie-The Great and Small Satan, 2 Mar 2007
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I found a copy of this in a second hand bookshop a few months ago,and I highly recommend it to anyone.It is hilarious and terrifying at the same time-how someone as monstrous as Kelvin Makenzie ever got to the top of the greasy pole at "The Scum",his worship of Thatcher,his utter hatred of gays,blacks,peace campaigners,feminists,striking workers and(most notoriously)of 96 dead football fans.He is a cartoon caricature of the loony right made flesh.

The authors interviewed widely within current and ex-employees of "The Scum",noting in passing that current News International employees were committing a sackable offence by talking to them.Their accounts are funny,but their fear and loathing of Mackenzie comes through loud and clear,especially as the story moves from the mid to the late 1980s.

Murdoch is a shadowy figure in the background of most of this book,but he shines out in the latter chapters,where it is explained that "The Scum" was a cash cow being milked to pay for Murdoch's international TV empire.The stories of the Sky promo drivel "Scum" journalists had to try and palm off as real news is eye-opening.

Whether deliberately or unconciously,the Hillsborough catastrophe of April 1989 and it's aftermath,which,thanks to Mackenzie,led to the biggest financial disaster ever suffered by a British newspaper(still ongoing in 2007)is the climax of the book.Their description of Mackenzie musing over whether to splash with "YOU SCUM" or "THE TRUTH" a few days after the disaster is horrifying.The reactions of other journalists to the infamous headline-basically,disassociate yourself from it and keep as far away from Mackenzie as possible-is well depicted,as is the boycott of "The Scum" initiated by outraged scousers then,and still going strong in Liverpool as I write.

The hardest thing to do when you read SIUYJ is to suspend your natural skepticism and accept that the authors didn't make this up,it all really happened.Read it in wonder.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, entertaining and revealing, 5 May 2008
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John Dwice (Cheltenham, U.K) - See all my reviews
"Stick It Up Your Punter" tells the story of the Sun Newspaper through its ups and downs mainly in the 80's.

After the first chapter I found this book impossible to put down. What Chippendale and Horrie do is provide a fascinating incite into the way the past editors of the Sun newspaper worked. In partictular Kelvin Mackenzie, the sparkling personality who helped shape the Sun into what it is now.

Its entertaining to see the contrast between the first two editors of the paper; the very professional Sir "Larry Lamb" and the loud bombastic Mackenzie. The latter offering colleagues expensive whiskey when they visited the editors office and the former offering lager straight out of the can.

Along with the narritave of how the Sun office ticked goes endless laugh out loud stories and cracking headlines thought up by sometimes unlikely people in unique amusing situations.

In short if you are interested in journalism or the media I recommend this book. If not then it is still well worth a read for its very entertaning stories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frogs hopped in for Hoddle, 22 Aug 2001
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Full of juicy nuggets and wacky tales about the rise of the Sun to be be Britain's top-selling daily newspaper. FROGS HOP IN FOR HODDLE was my favourite headline. Maybe reading this very entertaining book would help those who don't like the Sun's content to appreciate the professionalism, creativity and hard work that went into making the paper what was/is. Chippindale and Horrie also tell of a lot of seat-of-pants instinct (and not just Kelvin McKenzie's) that makes it all seem, it retrospect, something of a Golden Age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent indictment of how full of rubbish The Sun is., 16 May 2000
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From The Sun's fictitious "Straight sex cannot give you AIDS" splash, through their fictitious "Exterminate all gay people" 'quote' to their promotion of "Hop Off You Frogs" badges, this detailed book exposes it all. Excellent (if sometimes upsetting and angering) stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book and definitely worth picking up for anyone interested ..., 31 Aug 2014
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Mr. A. Greig "Book Bandit" (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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An excellent book and definitely worth picking up for anyone interested in the media, and tabloids. Pretty thorough, and describes Kelvin McKenzie's career very well.

I would have personally liked to have heard more on editorial policies and less on personality, but still an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific really funny, 23 Feb 2014
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An account of the rise of Murdock and the dirty tricks sanctioned by, particularly Kelvin McKenzie, the overbearing, pompous bully who edited the Sun during its prime and who still refuses to acknowledge that his attacks on Liverpool fans post Hillsboro' were misguided and wrong. A man with no shame and no ethics working for a man who purports to be an ethical newspaper proprietor. This is an insightful and funny book although McKenzie refused to be interviewed for it a lot of his x-staff provided details, colour and insights into the manipulative popularism of the Sun and the strategies used to penetrate and achieve dominance of the popular tabloid market. Shame when you consider its power that they seem unable to do anything except a diet of salacious celebrity gossip, gruesome violence and abuse stories. Phone hacking anyone ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars groan, 7 Jan 2014
in depth view of the sun newspapers history and its operating methods.it was shock to read it all in one place the horrible misleading or just made up stories.looked at elton john being pillared and eventualy getting a huge pay out,the stalking of the royals and the grotesque and awful hillsboro tragedy coverage which lost the paper massive sales.how the once labour paper became totally tory then flipped to tory blair.very interesting read
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