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Martin, a hapless journalist on a weekly financial magazine, sees his life take a nosedive with the arrival of Tom de Lacy, a well-heeled reporter who grabs the limelight, not to mention the well-paid industrial correspondent’s job that he has his eye on.

He does his level best to sabotage Tom’s career, only to see his rival land a plum job in television.

But watching his
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2017 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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N.N. Light
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Scoop of the Year and for me, it had a very Fargo feel to it. Martin's life goes from bad to worse when a slick reporter takes the job he's wanted. No matter what Martin does to get back at Tom backfires. It's only when he stumbles across a major corporate scandal that Martin discovers what it takes to be a scoop reporter. Brilliant little thriller with witty British dialogue and larger-than-life characters. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars
Michelle Ryles
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Well this was a surprising hidden gem. You can tell from the cover that it has a slightly comic feel to it, but it's more satirical than laugh out loud funny; think Drop the Dead Donkey rather than Bottom. It's a fascinating insight into the newsroom and the cutthroat world of journalism but also a parody on life, and work-life in particular.

I didn't like Martin at all when I first encountered him in the book; he thinks the world owes him a favour, so I was surprised to find myself rooting for
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Karen Mace
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much fun to read!! It has that quirky, dark sense of humour that really appeals and the absurdity of some of the situations that Martin found himself in were just a wonderful touch, and kept the story feeling fresh and exciting!

We all know someone that whatever they touch it turns to gold. And for Martin, that person is Tom! Both journalists but their careers seem to be progressing at slightly different rates! No matter what situation Tom finds himself in, he just comes out smelling of roses.
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Darren
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as part of a good reads giveaway. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety if characters in it. It is my first book by this author. I hope to read more books by this author,
Peggy
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, Touching, and Great Characters

Martin, the hapless hero of this story, is a classic sad sack, a cynical journalist who comes upon bad times and sets off a madcap series of events that will leave you breathless - and wanting more. The silly humor of certain moments makes this so British - delighting the Anglophile in me. But it's also a great telling of the good a journalist can do when he's after a great story of sinister corporate malfeasance. It also has a wonderful ending! It really
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Kathy
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author, I won it on Goodreads. It even came with a cute Christmas card. Anyway, it was very original with wicked humor. Every once in a while I had to laugh or crack up because it really resonated with me. "We buried the hatchet" was one of the lines that totally cracked me up because of what was going on in the story. There were quite a few off-beat characters (watch out for Mr Jedd-a hit man with a heart.) I do not want to reveal the plot because it is definitely ...more
Pauline
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly well written, witty and original. Impossible to put down from start to finish.
Joy Corkery
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Scoop of the Year by Tom Claver tells the story of Martin, a down-on-his-luck journalist whose fortune becomes even worse when the ever-charming, universally loved Tom de Lacy grabs the limelight, and the financial correspondence job, at the magazine they both work at. Martin does his best to sabotage Tom’s career but what ultimately happens is Martin loses his job and Tom becomes a television presenter. So, when Martin
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Scoop of the Year combines a satire on modern journalism with a thrilling plot that corkscrews from beginning to end. Evelyn Waugh's dictatorial press baron is replaced by anonymous corporate managers oversee journalists scrambling over each other to reach the top. Ability and integrity take second place to opportunism. Martin, the principal character, is being ground down by lack of opportunity rather than scruples. Then fate, via family intrigue, draws him into a life and death struggle with ...more
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Tom Claver is a freelance journalist who has worked in print and television, and was formerly a director of a publishing company. He was brought up in London and now lives in Dorset with his wife.