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4.0 out of 5 stars SEVERELY INTOXICATED RIPSNORTER, 15 April 2006
This review is from: The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade (Paperback)
This is an absolutely first class ripsnorter of a yarn written by Piers Morgan, a young chap, who appears to have stumbled into, and out of, the editorship of two major national tabloid newspapers.

It is a very readable and almost credible account. His many well-trumpeted achievements are balanced by self-deprecating criticisms of a variety of personal and professional cock-ups.

Piers Morgan entertainingly describes a tabloid editor's dual role. On the one hand he is a custodian standing guard at the gates to a medium that the unscrupulous seek to use for mischief, profit and outright evil.

On the other, he has to enter into pacts with these publicity-seeking devils because proprietors like Rupert Murdoch pay him to construct front-page 'splashes', at any financial or human cost apparently, in order to sell more papers and drive ad revenue up.

Whilst the 'The Insider's' diary format gives it an air of spontaneous and uncontrived veracity, you do find yourself questioning just how good his recall and his ability to record contemporary events could really have been given that, by his own admission, he spent a good deal of the time either severely intoxicated or exhausted.

And although the book's length and seeming attention to detail, times, dates and conversations gives it an air of accuracy, you do also wonder whether or not 'The Insider' is, in fact, Piers Morgan's greatest ever front page. A tabloid fantasy every bit as ludicrous and empty as the most deranged of his 'splashes'.

But for all that, he comes over as thoroughly likeable cove who you would love to have a snort or two with at the village cricket club bar. Which, presumably, is where is he is now.
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