The Insider : The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade

Author(s): Piers Morgan

Non Fiction

The Insider dominated the UK media on publication in March 2005 and instantly became a No.1 bestseller. Not only did it fill thousands of column inches with its revelations about prominent political and showbiz figures, it was critically acclaimed across the broadsheets for its unique and fascinating insight into the worlds of celebrity, royalty, politics and the media. At the record-breaking age of 28 Piers Morgan was made editor of the News of the World, the UK's biggest-selling Sunday newspaper. The decade that followed was one of the most tumultuous in modern times, a period in which we witnessed the self-implosion of the Tories, the rise of New Labour, the Royal Family brought to its knees by scandal and tragedy, horrific news events like Dunblane, September 11, and the war in Iraq - alongside a seemingly endless supply of fantastically entertaining sport and celebrity gossip. Throughout the period (he later moved to the Mirror, infamously deciding to take it upmarket and stand alone in making the paper anti-war) he kept detailed diaries of what happened, as it happened - recording encounters and escapades with the key figures involved, from Murdoch to Blair, Diana to the Beckhams. Like Alan Clark and Paul Burrell before him, Piers Morgan will give the wider reading public an unprecedented insight into the workings not only of newspapers, but the inside track on the corridors of power in Britain. Entertaining, engaging and compulsive, The Insider has been the most talked-about book of 2005, blowing apart every notion we have about politics, media and celebrity in twenty-first century Britain.
First published 2005.


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The most talked-about book of the year - now in paperback

Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Book of the Year 2006.

A right, rollicking good read' - Andrew Neil, Evening Standard 'A compelling read on any level, whether you want to consider the relationship between politics and the press, royal behaviour, the red-top world - or just want a good laugh' - The Independent 'This is a book of historical importance' - Peter Oborne, The Spectator 'An amusing, revealing and (mostly) true look at all the news that's fit to print, and some that wasn't - The Sun 'One of the most uproarious and indiscreet accounts of public life in recent times' - Mary Riddell, Daily Mail 'Funny and fabulously indiscreet, this is a book that holds up a mirror to the spinning and posturing of our celebrity age... scurrilously entertaining - Observer 'A riveting read with splendid anecdotes on almost every page' - The Times

Piers Morgan was born in 1965. He studied journalism at Harlow College, beginning his career in local south London newspapers before being spotted by Kelvin MacKenzie of The Sun and given his own showbiz column, Bizarre. Rupert Murdoch made him Editor of the News of the World in January 1994; he was headhunted two years later to edit The Mirror where he stayed until 2004 when he left following his decision to publish photos of British soldiers apparently abusing Iraqi prisoners of war. He has presented two series of Tabloid Tales for BBC2 and most recently has co-hosted the current affairs show Morgan and Platell on Channel 4.

General Fields

  • : 9780091908492
  • : ebury
  • : ebury
  • : 0.342
  • : September 2005
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Piers Morgan
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 070.92
  • : 512
  • : illustrations, portraits