Ink in the Blood: Memoirs of a Regional Newspaperman Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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Barrie Williams was a jounalist for 44 years and a newspaper editor for 30 years - all of that time working in local communicites. This is his story of 44 years of the regional Press - a once great British industry which is now under threat of extinction. It is a rags-to-riches story of a council house kid who went on to work alongside Prince Charles, lunched privately with the Queen and held the success or failure of a GBP93.4 million business deal in his hands. It is a funny story of adventures and escapades in the often bizarre world of local journalism.It is a moving story with unique insights into events like the miners' strike of 1984 and the foot and mouth disaster of 2001 and controversial accounts of the way politicians handled those events. It is an uplifting story of triumphs against huge odds. It is an enlightening and intriguing story of boardroom battles and management conflicts. It is a human, entertaining and often inspiring story of one man's remarkable life in the newspaper business and of experiences and achievements that will never be emulated because the opportunities to do so will die with a dying industry.UNLESS...This book will be a "must read" for thousands of people who work in the regional newspaper industry in which Barrie Williams is a giant personality, revealing as it does in detail, the true story behind his shock departure from Northcliffe Newspapers - for thousands more in the West Country, Nottingham, Kent and the West Midlands where his work as a journalist touched their lives and for thousands more who simply enjoy a well-written book.
Top Customer Reviews
This book captures a born newspaperman's enthusiasm for an exciting and exacting craft and offers some valuable insights into life on local daily newspapers, many of which are regarded as the ultimate news source by their readers.
Williams was editor of three prominent regional titles in a career spanning more than 40 years. He was a council house kid fortunate enough to identify his forte early in life and be given the opportunity to pursue it with the help of several mentors he remembers fondly.
This book is a good read for any journalist, and even for those who read their work avidly every day. The author sometimes comes over as a bit cocky and boastful - but why shouldn't he?