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Hoo Hahs And Passing Frenzies: Collected Journalism, 1991 2001

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Topics covered in this collection of Francis Wheen's articles include the follies of think-tanks, the future of swearing, the hypocrisy of New Labour and the madness of retired prime ministers, as well as shady business deals and scabrous gossip.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 10th 2003 by Atlantic Books (first published 2002)
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Simon Wood

To my mind, Francis Wheen, has gone down hill in recent years from the heady of heights of this book and his two brilliant biographies ("Tom Driberg: His Life and Indiscretions" and "Karl Marx"). I put it down to the company he keeps, in particular Oliver Kamm, one time hedge fund-ist, self declared lefty and pedant in chief for The Times; and David Aronovitch, smug-alec par excellence whom I last came across puffing up David Milliband, likewise in The Times. But all this wa
Steve Duffy
The passage of time between first appearance in newsprint and anthologising means that collections of journalism can't really ride the zeitgeist, but they can aspire to reflect it, maybe even record it - if, that is, they are as accurate as Francis Wheen's sardonic & assured (not to say minatory) overview of the irresistible rise of Blairism. How far away it all seems now...
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Francis James Baird Wheen (born 22 January 1957) is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster.

Wheen was educated at Copthorne Prep School, Harrow School and Royal Holloway College, University of London. At Harrow he was a contemporary of Mark Thatcher who has been a recurring subject of his journalism.[citation needed] He is a member of the 'soap' side of the Wheen family, whose family business
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