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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but dull, 26 July 2012
This review is from: Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain (Hardcover)
The hazard of writing books that are so current is that by the time your reader gets to them, then the plot could have moved on.

So it is with the news hacking scandal outlined in Dial M For Murdoch.

In the last couple of days, as I type, a number of the main players in this story have been charged with various offences, taking the plot way beyong what Watson and Hickman have done.

In a nutshell, this is a chronological account of how the dark practices of - at present - News International came to be exposed.

It is a highly factual account which, to be brutally honest, will probably only appeal to those people who have a genuine interest in the print media, of which I admit I am one.

However, even for the likes of me, it is heavy going.

Tom Watson himself has been at the very heart of the proceedings and, therein, for me lies the major problem with this book.

Watson is consistently referred to in the third person, even though he is one of the co-authors, and that is just weird.

One of the other oddities us the way the News of the World is occasionally referred to as the 'Screws'. This is a common nickname and yet if feels out of place in such a factual account. For example, the Guardian isn't called the Grauniad at any point, even though that nickname is on a par. Unnecessarily pejorative, regardless of the subject matter.

So, for me, although undoubtedly a factually correct account of events, not a massive page turner and unlikely to command a wide audience.
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