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NEWSPAPERMEN Hugh Cudlipp, Cecil Harmsworth King and the glory days of Fleet Street

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They were 'Cudlipp' and 'Mr King' when they met in 1935. At twenty-one, gregarious, extrovert and irreverent Hugh Cudlipp had many years of journalistic experience: at thirty-four, shy, introspective and solemn Cecil Harmsworth King – haunted by the ghost of Uncle Alfred, Lord Northcliffe, the great press magnate, and bitter towards Uncle Harold, Lord Rothermere of the Daily Mail – was fighting his way up in the family business.

Opposites in most respects, they were complementary in talents. Cudlipp the journalistic genius, and King, the formidable intellect, were to become, in Cudlipp's words, 'the Barnum and Bailey' of Fleet Street. Together, on the foundation of the populist Daily Mirror, they created the biggest publishing empire in the world.

Yet their relationship foundered sensationally in 1968 when – as King tried to topple the Prime Minister – Cuddlip toppled King. Through the story of two extraordinary men, Ruth Dudley Edwards gives us a riveting portrait of Fleet Street in its heyday.

Reviews:

Irish Times

Peter Preston — The Observer

Extracts from reviews:

'A hurtling journey, often hilarious and sometimes monstrous, through newspapers, class, politics and sex; not just the double biography of two extraordinary men, but a sideways history of Britain in the fifties and sixties'
Andrew Marr

'Newspapermen will remain one of the most outstanding accounts of Fleet Street's golden era and should be indispensable for anyone seeking an understanding of the complex human dynamics which influence the rise and fall of newspaper dynasties'
Lord Rothermere

'Ruth Dudley Edwards has adorned with anecdotal dazzle a psychological thriller in which intrigue is flecked with madness'
Edward Pearce, Glasgow Herald

'A thouroughly entertaining book'
Michael Davie, Times Literary Supplement


"It combines Dudley Edwards's ability as a gifted historian with her skill as a journalist to produce a hugely important and authoritative book that reads as compulsively as a thriller."
John Spain, Irish Independent

"A hurtling journey, often hilarious and sometimes monstrous, through newspapers, class, politics and sex; not just the double biography of two extraordinary men, but a sideways history of Britain in the fifties and sixties"
Andrew Marr

"The depth of her learning and the breadth of her sympathy, make this a compelling book, the product of genuine free thinking and spare, fine writing. Few books published this year will have the charm, learning, wisdom and humanity of The Faithful Tribe"
The Times

This is the help-manual I longed for when I was a young student of Irish history but eventually had to write myself. It’s still the reference book I use most often.’ 
Ruth Dudley Edwards

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