- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Elliott & Thompson; annotated edition edition (19 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909653438
- ISBN-13: 978-1909653436
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News Hardcover – Special Edition, 19 Sep 2013
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Shortlisted for the Political Humour Book of the Year at the PaddyPower Political Book Awards 2014
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"great joy from Robert Hutton's Romps, Tots and Boffins. Never has the weird language of headlines been so wittily defined." -- Libby Purves, 'books of the year', The Times
"Robert Hutton...has set himself up as the Dr Johnson of this strange, widely read, hardly spoken, language." -- Matthew Engel, Financial Times
"I'm loving a little book just out by my fellow political journalist Rob Hutton. It's called Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News but is so much more than a hilarious compendium of the ghastly cliché to which our trade is prone." -- Matthew Parris, The Times
"An essential guide to finding out what you are reading about. Some people may dismiss this as a 'loo book' but, actually, it's so much more." --Ann Treneman, The Times"A right romp" -- Paul Dietrich, The Metro"A fascinating code-breaker of the cliches, inanities and banalities which fill our newspapers. Or, if you prefer, 'News Secrets Revealed Leaving Bosses Shamefaced'. I'm not sure I dare write another word." -- Nick Robinson"Finally, I understand what my fellow journalists are writing about." -- Simon Hoggart"Long journey to Lib Dem Conference enlivened by Robert Hutton's journalese book, Romps, Tots + Boffins - hilarious, wonderful, + very true - a mini classic" -- Andrew Sparrow, Guardian Politics blogger"Very funny new book by Robert Hutton - Romps, Tots + Boffins: the strange language of news - a must-read page-turner" -- Iain Martin, former editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday"For readers, it promises to explain what journalists really mean. And for journalists, it also provides a guide to some of the hackneyed, arcane and clichéd phrases that are probably best avoided." --Axegrinder, Press Gazette
"an amusing dictionary of arcane hack-speak" -- Michael Deacon, The Telegraph"The world of journalism was rocked to its foundations last night as a top newsman claimed to have discovered the secret of 'journalese'." --John Rentoul, The Independent
About the Author
Robert Hutton has been UK political correspondent for Bloomberg since 2004; previously, he worked at the Mirror and Financial Times. Having read Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at Edinburgh University, he is believed to be the only member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery to have built a rugby-playing robot. Arguably his most notable contribution to journalism has been the introduction of the 'news sandwich' to the political lexicon. He lives in south east London with his wife and sons.
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Hutton has cleverly identified the way that newspapers use language (often language never found outside of newspapers) to suit their agenda, and provides an entertaining guide to decoding it. A great book to dive into occasionally, especially when irritated with the media! So always.
You will read this book and smirk to yourself (if you have a sense of humour) when you come across much of the language when reading the papers the next day. Well written and a pleasure to read.
This is an affectionate book, written by an insider who clearly loves journalism while being highly attuned to its oddities and idiosyncrasies. The result is both illuminating and extremely funny. I laughed out loud on nearly every page.
Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in language.
I certainly wont be jamming any hotlines or launching a foul mouthed tirade!
Kindle format works best in portrait setting and index is handy and functional.
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Very short, limited in scope and perhaps a little hurried in the writing.