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The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade by [Morgan, Piers]
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"Piers Morgan’s ghastly diaries will be the epitaph of this government...a book of historic importance" -- Peter Oborne, Spectator

"funny and fabulously indiscreet...holds a mirror to the spinning and posturing of our celebrity age" -- The Observer

"gives us hundreds of wonderful tales, some funny, some profound, some just fascinating" -- Greg Dyke, The Guardian

"riotous" -- Andrew Marr, Start the Week

(he) gives us hundreds of wonderful tales, some funny, some profound, some just fascinating -- Greg Dyke, Guardian

...this is a book that holds up a mirror to the spinning and posturing of our celebrity age... -- The Observer

Riotous -- Andrew Marr, Start the Week BBC R4

scurrilously entertaining -- The Observer

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The most talked-about book of the year - now in paperback

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2566 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DTYA10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bought for my 'good lady' she just loves the book. Written with much humour and wit in an easy to read manner.
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Everyone loves a bit of gossip, but not everyone loves Piers Morgan. However, without the nation’s lust for titillation, Morgan would have not become the successful Newspaper Editor he was and TV presenter he is. ‘The Insider’ is a diary of his newspaper years and was released relatively soon after his firing from The Mirror for publishing allegedly false photos of Iraqi prisoners being tortured. The book cover the mid-90s to the mid-00s – from a period of Tory sleaze, to a period of Labour taking the nation to war; with several royal and celebrity mishaps on the way.

‘The Insider’ is a dense book, but one that you don’t want to skip over at all; any of the entries may have a wonderful line, or salacious piece of gossip. For this reason it took me a long time to read, but I enjoyed every minute. It starts off as just a very amusing book as your get a Morgan eye view of the celebrity and political world of the 90s. As the book moves on you get moments of poignancy; Diana’s death, 9/11, Paula Yates etc. By 2002-4 we are heading to war and the book becomes more serious. Having read so much froth beforehand, it was nice that the book added depth towards the end.

What makes ‘The Insider’ so interesting is not only what is on the page, but what is missing. Morgan says that he trawled through his notes of the period, but he must have selected what to share. His choices are telling; in terms of narrative he threads through sad tales of Diana or Paula Yates, but also the wheels of politics. What is missing is also key – the techniques that led to many scoops. It is shocking to read how many celebrities are complicit in their own gossip, but not all of them.
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This book is, to quote the author, "hilarious." It is a fascinating and hugely entertaining portrait of the media and its 'victims' from the perspective of Piers Morgan, former editor of the Mirror. It is opinionated, tabloid in style and Iraq-obsessed by the end. However, these are not faults. If Morgan and his paper, the Mirror, were obsessed with the Iraq War, why hide the fact? It is a career memoir not a history book, after all.
Don't be put off if you have never read a tabloid paper in your life. As long as you have an interest in current affairs that won't be a problem. Instead laugh at the follies of various B-list celebs, pass judgement when Morgan complains about the invasion of his own privacy and look shocked when you realise how much time the PM and other ministers have spent wining and dining journalists. Then laugh some more.
On a final note, although this book contains a lot about celebrity scandals, it is not a shocking exposé of the lives of celebs. It is a book about the tabloid media. Also, Big Brother is only mentioned once, and scornfully at that. Jordan makes only a couple of appearances. Ditto soap 'stars', minor pop singers, glamour models et al.
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I didn't really have any strong views on Piers Morgan before I read this book other than he was a newspaper editor who was sacked for standing his ground. After reading The Insider I now think he's a nice bloke and as normal as you're going to get for a national newspaper editor! He can tell a good story and has the good grace to realise and admit when he's behaved like a total idiot or made bad calls as an editor. He puts 'celebrities' into a totally different light and if you didn't realise the amount of spin that goes on in our everyday lives then you will after reading it. Certainly confirmed my views on Mrs Blair anyway!
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Piers Morgan is undoubtedly smug and I have always found him rather irritating. However, this is an entertaining book and even though I was quite prejudiced against him, I found him surprisingly difficult to dislike.
The book is written in a diary format giving his perspective on the events of the last ten years (covering his time as editor of the News of the World and the Daily Mirror). It covers are Princess Diana's relationship with the media and her death; the war with Iraq (and the Mirror's strongly anti-war stance); New Labour and his relationship with Tony & Cherie Blair, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell; his troubles with share dealing; his dealings with Rupert Murdoch, Kelvin McKenzie, Naomi Campbell, Jeremy Clarkson and other celebrities amongst many other topics.
Clearly his diary has been extensively edited to make it more readable but I would guess he has also taken the opportunity to portray himself in the best possible light and to make him appear almost prescient (he gives the impression that he has understood the full implications of important events almost instantly) while throwing in the odd, half-hearted attempt at self-deprecation in an attempt to make him appear more human and more likeable.
However, despite my reservations the book works; it is strangely addictive: once started it is very difficult to put down. It provides some interesting insight into events of the period together with some genuinely funny anecdotes.
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