Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Book Reviews

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Book Reviews

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Byline: By Lindesay Irvine

The silly season by Bernard Shrimsley, is published in hardback by Robson Books, priced pounds 16.99. Available now.

Those who have inhabited the madcap world of tabloid newspapers will rejoice in this outrageously funny, larger-than-life, though uncomfortably accurate satire belting at full tilt along the fast and bumpy lane of Fleet Street.

Jack Stack is just the sort of frantic tabloid newspaper editor you would expect. Hiring and firing, roaring through the newsroom, shouting orders, working up stories, worrying about the proprietors and, where possible, doing the dirty on his rivals.

The plot races along breathlessly and riotously, with Stack using every trick of the trade - and there are plenty of those - to get the story he wants.

Nobody could be more qualified to write this magnificent book than Bernard Shrimsley, who has been editor of the Sun, the News of the World and the Mail on Sunday.

His descriptions of life on a tabloid newspaper may go over the top for comic effect, but not by much.

Even the army of hardened, cynical old-sweats from Fleet Street will laugh out loud at this one.

CHRIS MONCRIEFF

THE HONEYMOON by Justin Haythe, published in hardback by Picador, priced pounds 16.99

Nothing so wholesome as the love between a mother and a son, you might think. …

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