The Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox Paperback – 11 Feb 2013
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A brilliant read. The first book I've read that starts at ninety miles an hour and then speeds up. (Jeremy Vine )
A hack with a heart ... a story that has to be read. (Dawn Porter )
When it comes to the inner workings of red-tops, Fleet Street Fox knows what she's talking about. (Charlie Brooker )
The Truest Tabloid Tale You'll Ever ReadSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Yet this book reads like one of those childhood-abuse memoirs, the type with a grainy photo of a teddy bear on the cover, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs. "I turn my face away, into my 245th glass of wine, as another close friend tells me how thin and young and attractive I am, and how I never did a single thing wrong in my marriage except to be non-stop incredible.
"But a tear rolls down my high-cheekbone and I find myself sending more texts to my ex, and calling him, and hacking into his emails and voicemail, but that's acceptable because I'm a hack. Then I change into my new dress, which is a size 8 today but was a size 10 yesterday and might be a 12 tomorrow (don't worry, I'll keep you updated). And I think to myself, will I ever stop bleating self-pityingly?"
The Fleet Street newsroom stuff is fascinating and funny. But the constant wah-wahing over the world's least-damaging divorce just got on my tits.
a) being fat is a sin and makes you a totally worthless person
b) phone hacking is totes acceptable except possibly if done to families of murder victims, and even then is probably okay if you get a good story out of it
c) Madeline McCann jokes are funny. No, really they are, especially if you can drag the Fritzls in too.
d) you can get a book contract for a pile of the most self-pitying tosh known to man or woman, yippee!
e) you don't even have to spell the pseudonyms you give your colleagues consistently
In case you can't tell from the above, I loathed this book. I regret paying 99p for it, it was 98p more than it's worth. I wish I had back the couple of hours I spent reading it so I could do something more worthwhile with them, such as filing my nails or staring out of the window.
It's not a bad book, certainly well written and tells a reasonably interesting story. The problem is its almost nothing to do with life in a Fleet Street newsroom which is why I wanted to read it.
This details, at enormous length, the protracted and venomous divorce of the author and her husband. He sounds like a complete git but then this is only one side of the story so that is pretty much a given. The prose is full of long rants and ponderous musing which I found hard to wade through.
There are some insights into the life of a Fleet Street hack but for those who follow Foxy on Twitter and read her blog you are better sticking with them. This is a divorce story and a divorce story only. It's occasionally witty but not enough for me to recommend.
I can only hope that writing this has proven cathartic for the Fox and that her next book delivers what is promised in the cover.
Instead I got a book all about the divorce of a young woman who happened to be a journalist. Phone hacking was justified and made to sound ok, journalists painted as all idiots, constantly smoking, drinking and shagging and FSF comes across frankly as a pathetic woman lacking the intelligence to realise she had a lucky escape from a loveless marriage.
Feel let down and certainly won't be waiting in any queue for the next one if there is indeed one.
This is set in Fleet Street but it might as well be set in any office for the amount you learn about journalism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is mainly about the break up of a marriage set against the backdrop of Fleet Street. At first, I felt like the author was trying too hard to be funny and likeable in a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ZoeJ
Having previously read Tabloid girl and Piers Morgan, i was hoping for a similar type of read. Unfortunately i feel that the main focus on this book is the breakdown of a marriage... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Julie Parkinson
This is a brilliant book from the point of view of showing how Fleet Street works - the fox writes beautifully and amusingly. Read morePublished 20 months ago by O. Wojtas
You'd think that a book with this title would be a diary about the interesting stuff, i.e. the inner workings of Fleet St. Instead what you get is a self-pitying divorce diary. Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by Mike R.
I actually didn't bother to waste money on this. I read a friend's copy after they gave up on it. What can I say other than don't waste your money - it is incessantly dull.Published on 15 Mar. 2014 by frankefranke