In this equally entertaining and informative autobiography Peter Paterson gives an insider’s history of Fleet Street from the fifties to the present day.
Brought up in an orphanage and sent out at the age of 14 with just ten bob and a Bible, Peter Paterson enjoyed a front row-seat during a golden age of British politics.
His rambunctious memoir proves HL Mencken’s adage that news reporting offers more fun than any other calling.
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'I won’t get into the habit of writing about the elder statesmen of my trade, but having saluted Michael Kennedy last week, I cannot resist paying a tribute to one of his near contemporaries, Peter Paterson. Mr Paterson has marked his 80th birthday by publishing his memoirs, Much More of This, Old Boy? Scenes from a Reporter’s Life (Muswell Press, £12.99). They are quite wonderful, not merely for the romantic and charm-laden picture they paint of Fleet Street in the era before national newspapers were sent into what the author calls the “diaspora”, but for the remarkable way in which Mr Paterson describes his early life in an orphanage, and the discretion and good taste with which he deals with everything else.'
Peter Paterson worked in national journalism since the 1950s. He wrote for numerous papers and journals, including the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator and the New Statesman.
He presented BBC radio’s The World Tonight and was the Daily Mail’s television critic.
He is the author of Tired and Emotional: The Life of Lord George Brown of which Simon Heffer wrote ‘Possibly the most entertaining book I have read in twenty-five years.’
From working for Field Marshal Montgomery, reporting Winston Churchill’s speeches and rubbing shoulders with the trade union barons, he witnessed a glittering cast of characters during the great days of Fleet Street. He reported on Chairman Mao’s China, Johnson’s America and Brezhnev’s Russia and was a star performer in the infamous Battle of El Vino's and a survivor of the Moorgate tube disaster.