Jeremy Paxman


Born
in Leeds, The United Kingdom
May 11, 1950

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Jeremy Dickson Paxman is a British journalist, author and television presenter. He has worked for the BBC since 1977. He is noted for a forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians. His regular appearances on the BBC2's Newsnight programme have been criticised as aggressive, intimidating, condescending and irreverent, and applauded as tough and incisive. ...more

Average rating: 3.73 · 5,812 ratings · 503 reviews · 21 distinct worksSimilar authors
The English: A Portrait of ...

3.58 avg rating — 2,194 ratings — published 1998 — 27 editions
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Empire

3.81 avg rating — 757 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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A Life in Questions

3.80 avg rating — 545 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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On Royalty: A Very Polite I...

3.44 avg rating — 556 ratings — published 2006 — 22 editions
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Political Animal: An Anatomy

3.83 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Great Britain's Great War

4.13 avg rating — 515 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
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The Victorians

3.84 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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Friends In High Places

3.82 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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The Forward Book of Poetry ...

3.58 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Fish, Fishing and the Meani...

3.88 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
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“... instead of trying to grapple with the implications of the story of empire, the British seem to have decided just to ignore it... the most corrosive part of this amnesia is a sense that because the nation is not what it was, it can never be anything again.”
Jeremy Paxman, Empire

“What does it say about your society that it admits only those who do not care very much to belong? For a start, it suggests that the English don’t much care to be liked. They prefer the company of other misanthropes. Since no misanthrope worth the name would actually want to join a club, eager applicants must be snubbed.”
Jeremy Paxman, The English: A Portrait of a People

“In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ‘English Traits’ I came across a meteorological explanation of the Englishman’s character. ‘Born in a harsh and wet climate, which keeps him indoors whenever he is at rest,’ he writes, ‘domesticity is the taproot which enables the nation to branch wide and high. The motive and end of their trade is to guard the independence and privacy of their homes.’9 I wondered whether the English weather might really be the key.”
Jeremy Paxman, The English: A Portrait of a People

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