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A journalistic memoir from one of the most recognisable TV news correspondents in the UK.
About the Author
Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC’s Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. He has written several books, including A History of 20th Century Britain and A History of Modern Britain. He lives in London with his family.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is funny, informative, opinionated and most of all a fine read (which is more than can be said for some of our national press these days).
Andrew Marr has set himself a very high standard with his two previous books on modern British history, and this one doesn't quite hit those heights, so only a four. For anyone else, I'd have probably given five.
And he doesn't limit himself just to facts - conclusions and judgements about his own trade are made very honestly. And his (sometimes hilarious) anecdotes about what happens behind the scenes make compelling reading.
I find Marr (the BBC's Political Editor) intriguing and he is one of the few people on television who is consistently worth listening to . He clearly has an amazing network and knowledge which lead to a very high standard of journalism. He has kept that up with this tome.
Although the book is billed as a "short history of British journalism", most of the book is taken up with impressively detailed accounts of what a journalist does, how they do it, and why, addressing also issues of personal motivation, bias, editorial influence, government pressure... The historical section in fact only ends up occupying one chapter of this fairly dense book. Whilst it is undoubtedly fascinating, Marr is not a historian and a lot of the substance and cohesion you would expect from a historical essay is lacking; that said however it takes up only about 15% of the book and does provide valuable context for the rest of his narrative.
The main body of the book gives a blow by blow account of the various roles which newspaper (mainly broadsheet) journalists play, right from the commanding national editor down to the latest teenage provincial apprentice. He recounts a range of issues which the layman might not think about too often: What makes a story? What keeps a story alive? What should the balance of stories within a newspaper be? How does the editor decide what to put on the front page? These are then linked in with a more logistical account (based on his period as an editor), explaining how it all gets put together into something printable, how long it takes, what the priorities are for printers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Andrew Marr but I didn't find this book terribly interesting.Published 17 months ago by dsa10
I recently brought a book for university, the book My Trade: by Andrew Marr, was in really good condition, all pages intactc couldnt be better and I have found it really useful for... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bj Hotston
A very interesting narrative, told in Marr's irreverent and inimitable style, that gives a potted history of how journalism came about, and his own personal career in it.Published 19 months ago by Ms Cyprah
A fascinating insight into journalism. I'm not doing Media Studies myself but this is a 'must read' for students or budding journalists.Published on 8 Oct. 2014 by LCK
I picked this book up as a soon-to-be journalist hoping to get an inside look at my future trade from one of its heavyweights, and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on 14 July 2014 by Sam Wilkin
This is a thoroughly enjoyable personal history of journalism, written by the then BBC Political Editor, and former editor of the Independent, Andrew Marr. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by Dr. Simon Howard
Interesting to have an inside explanation as to the games of politics that cost the workers (producers) so much to receive such poor governance.Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by David Dean
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