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Wonderfully gossipy and detailed... What a waste nobody has turned the early years of the Daily Mail into a television miniseries * The Sunday Times * Riotously entertaining... [Many] will find that Addison has written the expose of the Mail that they always wanted to read * New Statesman * Tremendous... A very timely and important account of a modern phenomenon... A damned good read * Stephen Fry * A rollicking, often compelling read * Observer * Mail Men tells you all you need to know about the inner workings of the paper that brings politicians quaking to beg its favour. This well-informed, diamond-sharp analysis of the Mail phenomenon explains why it dominates England's political culture... A riveting read * Polly Toynbee * An illuminating history... which charts the Mail's journey from pioneer to pillar of the British media industry * The Financial Times * A gripping and very funny account of the newspaper [that] reveals its brutal brilliance ... surprisingly jaunty... The portrait of the Mail he paints shows that the newspaper is not as bad as some people say: it is even worse. * Prospect magazine * Excellent... The inside story of how the Daily Mail became a much-feared national institution * Choice magazine *
The paperback of the acclaimed book that charts Daily Mail's checkered history and gives an unrivalled insight into its infamously elusive editor, Paul DacreSee all Product description
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When I eventually persuaded him to let go of it so I could have a read, I had to agree with him that it is a brilliant book.
Well written in a pacy, quirky style- full of humorous anecdotes, telling the story of this national institution loved or loathed
in equal measure, I would not be surprised to see a TV company buy the rights to this, probably restoring some of the naughty
bits that the author was no doubt asked to remove before publication.Well.even Governments are supposedly afraid of the Mail.
Now we know from Private Eye about editor Dacre and the regime of fear and the favourite four-letter word and so on. Does Addison confirm this? Yes and no. His version overlaps with some of the Eye's "inside information" such as that Dacre was pally with Gordon Brown when Brown was important. And which - like so much of the Eye's "inside information" - didn't correspond with the content of the actual publication it purported to expose. Addison sheds little light on this. His book confirms my suspicion that journalists' politics are a thing of their own that may not fit neatly into public life in general - both English and Dacre apparently started from the political Left.
His profile of Dacre is odd. Much colleague hatred is recycled, but he writes with apparent admiration of the editor's courage in out-ing the murderers of Stephen Lawrence. And pretty much the same of standing by his columnist when Stephen Fry shamefully used his public position to mobilise online bullying of Jan Moir, who had dared to frown about a "threesome" situation involving the sad death of Stephen Gately. The homosexual nature of the triangle had otherwise completely deflected any columnist tutting - imagine if heterosexuals had been involved! Addison's pro-Dacre moments seem almost out of a different book from all the journo-vengeance he passes on, rather than a fair attempt to give the devil his due.
He says that Dacre seldom meets a member of the public. This presumably means someone outside journalism, and is partly accounted for by the editor's staggeringly long hours at work. But there is no one who doesn't meet "members of the public", certainly not someone whose name, status an and particularly face are quite unknown to the wider world. Elsewhere Addison stresses the ordinariness of Dacre's life, mentioning a colleague giving him a lift when he sees him on foot. I believe he says that Stephen Lawrence's father did work on Dacre's house without any idea of the customer's occupation.
Addison makes use of an article querying why the Left is so obsessed with the Daily Mail, but does not himself engage with the question. He mentions that the paper tends to be the first picked up in the morning by journalists at the BBC (he himself is ex-BBC, but has also been on The Sun) and The Guardian. He here seems to be reaching towards a discussion of why this is - why give priority to opposing views and tabloid ones at that? - but stops there. I wonder if Stephen Fry and Polly Toynbee would be so keen to endorse the book if it speculated a little more about the mindset of the Mail's enemies?
But, yes, a good read.
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