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Reads like an extended newspaper report
on 18 March 2015
I think that we that were all shocked by the Jimmy Saville revelations, and although his actions sickened me, my curiosity still wanted to know the 'inside story', so I picked up this paperback book. My advice is to find a cheap copy, because although 'The Beast' is reasonably well-written, it tells the reader nothing that wasn't reported in all the newspapers at the time. In fact, it reads just like an extended newspaper report, and the author John McShane appears to have conducted no personal interviews or indeed under-covered any fresh information.
It isn't a bad way to 'catch-up' on these shocking events of a TV presenter who was hailed as a hero for many years, and the author clearly whipped this book out very quickly just to cash in on the story. The result is a very un-insightful paperback, and all the details here you can read for free on the internet anyway.