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Stick It Up Your Punter!: The Uncut Story of the Sun Newspaper. Peter Chippindale and Chris Horrie

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The classic account of modern British journalism, now updated and re-issued.
Unknown Binding, 528 pages
Published January 4th 1999 by Not Avail (first published 1990)
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Feb 13, 2012 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in gutter journalism
With the News of the World dead and Sun journalists being arrested on a daily basis, it's easy to let one's schadenfreude get out of control and start predicting the newspaper's imminent demise. Except that we've (more or less) been here before. I read this book in 1991. The author's claims that the Currant Bun was in a passive vegetative state and would soon have its life support switched off turned out to be, alas, on the optimistic side.

So he didn't get it completely right, but the book is st...more
John B
This is definitely no dry, boring boardroom bio! It tells the fascinating story of arguably Britain's most controversial newspaper, The Sun, from its beginnings in 1969 to the late 90s. The book is written in a style that reflects the sort of 'mockney' character assumed by Kelvin Mackenzie, and is a very entertaining and informative read.

The description of British newspapers in the 1960s is particularly interesting, and as the story unfolds, especially during the Mackenzie regime, you get a fab...more
An excellent and damning history of the Sun newspaper, and by extension the United Kingdom from the late 60s to mid-90s. It's difficult to overstate the influence the Sun has had on British politics, and this book does a great job of describing the Sun's internal culture and explaining the ways that it has used and misused its power. One of the best things about the book is its gleeful tone, which makes the stories of stupidity and greed and thuggish mean-spiritedness seem even more disturbing.
this is a really amazing overview of THE SUN newspaper in the post-Rupert Murdoch era. tells the story of maniac editor Kelvin MacKenzie, THE SUN's coverageof the Falkland's War, Murdoch's anti-union activities, etc

depressing stuff, but also pretty damn amusing. you'll hopefully never touch a Murdoch-owned paper again after reading.

it's out-of-print and used copies are bizarrely expensive. gee, i sure hope there isn't a corporate media "conspiracy" to suppress this book.
John Levon
By now we're all familiar with the scurrilous behaviour of the Murdoch organisation, but this old book is still a rollicking read, and a great way of cementing your natural hatred of Mr Kelvin Mackenzie.
Mar 07, 2011 Sienna added it
Recommends it for: Those who are interested in the journalism, tabloids, Kelvin MacKenzie/Murdoch.
So far very interesting and entertaining.
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