Tabloid Nation: From the Birth of the Mirror to the Death of the Tabloid Newspaper Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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About the Author
Chris Horrie's previous publications include Stick It Up Your Punter! The uncut Story of the Sun Newspaper (with Peter Chippendale), LIVE TV: Telly Brats & Topless Darts (with Adam Nathan), Citizen Greg: The Extraordinary Story of Greg Dyke and How he Captured the BBC, Premiership:The Uncut History of the FA Premier League (both with Steve Clarke) and Disaster! The Rise and Fall of the News on Sunday.
He is an all-round authority on the subject of the tabloids, and regularly appears on TV and radio.
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Much of the content won't feel especially new if you've read 'Stick it Up Your Punter' and 'L!ve TV' - much of the newspaper industry material is covered more engagingly and in greater detail in those titles. Some elements of this book must have appeared in print by the same author three or four times now.
Overall, Tabloid Nation comes across as an incomplete thought - unfinished, missing something crucial, including proof reading. There are a number of gibberish sentences and several grating incidents of identical anecdotes being repeated within pages of each other. Some concepts are mentioned but not explained, then some chapters later they are introduced again as if new, this time with explanation. It's typical of how the book tends to lurch forwards and backwards in time, almost in mid-sentence, and makes you wonder if you're the only person who has read the book all the way through.
Overall, disappointing - a shame for such a capable author. I strongly urge you to buy Horrie's 'Stick It Up Your Punter' instead, for some far more enjoyable tabloid tales.
It seems, however, that he works better with a co author (as he has done with all of the above.)
The book is very good on the rise of the Mirror, particularly with Hadden Swaffer & Bart but the narrative structure all but disappears after the first third of the book & it resembles a selection of second hand anecdotes. The chapter on C King trying to precipitate some kind of coup is just absurd.
To be fair to Horrie, he was always fighting a losing battle with this book, The Sun vs The Mirror, The Sun is always going to win on entertainment & amusement and Stick It Up Your Punter will probably be his greatest achievement.
The author has a great writing style, informative and witty, and this makes for a really entertaining read.
If you think this sort of book is bound to be dry and boring, think again!
This is a good 'un. You'll enjoy it.
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