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Panic as Man Burns Crumpets: The Vanishing World of the Local Journalist

Roger Lytollis

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Memoirs

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'
MELVYN BRAGG

'Brisk and entertaining. A very readable love letter to a disappearing world, told with verve and tenderness'
STUART MACONIE, author of Pies and Prejudice

'Gut-bustingly funny, poignant and packed with astonishing insider information'
M. W. CRAVEN, author of the award-winning The Puppet Show


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.

Your appearance as a hard-hitting columnist on a BBC talk show does not go well. And being photographed naked is only the second most humiliating thing to happen one infamous afternoon.

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 and your readership is dwindling. 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 revealing.

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Praise for Panic as Man Burns Crumpets: The Vanishing World of the Local Journalist

  • 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.

  • Brisk and entertaining. A very readable love letter to a disappearing world, told with verve and tenderness.

  • This was the only book I read in one sitting this year and if you're lucky enough to get your hands on a copy, you'll soon understand why. It's gut-bustingly funny, poignant and packed with astonishing insider information.

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Roger Lytollis

ROGER LYTOLLIS is the author of Panic as Man Burns Crumpets: The Vanishing World of the Local Journalist. Since 1995 he has been a feature writer and columnist for some of the UK's best local newspapers. He's a three-time winner at the Regional Press Awards. And a twelve-time loser at the North West Media Awards. He isn't bitter about that at all. Roger lives in Cumbria. Twitter: @rogerlytollis

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