A funny, poignant and revealing memoir which gives the inside story of UK newspaper journalism over the past twenty-five years, based on the author's career in Cumbria and Edinburgh.
'For those who know about provincial newspapers, this will be a classic and a gem. Those who don't know will envy what they have missed'
'Brisk and entertaining. A very readable love letter to a disappearing world, told with verve and tenderness'
STUART MACONIE, author of Pies and Prejudice
You dreamed of being a journalist and the dream has come true. You love working for your local paper . . . although not everything is as you imagined.
You embarrass yourself with a range of celebrities, from John Hurt to Jordan. Your best story is 'The Man with the Pigeon Tattoo'.
A former colleague interviews President Trump. You urinate in the president of the Mothers' Union's garden.
There are serious stories, such as a mass shooting, a devastating flood, and the search for Madeleine McCann.
Meanwhile local papers are dying. Your building is crumbling, your readership is dwindling and your carefully crafted features are read by fewer people than a story about fancy dress for dogs.
Panic as Man Burns Crumpets is the inside story of local newspapers during the past twenty-five years, told in a way that's funny, poignant and very revealing.
Very funny, very witty, very moving . . . packed with incidents, insights and a real feeling for provincial life at its best . . . For those who know about provincial newspapers, this will be a classic and a gem. Those who don't know will envy what they have missed . . . It really is a terrific piece of work.