Author(s): Piers Morgan
At the record-breaking age of 28 Piers Morgan was made editor of the News of the World, the UK's biggest selling Sunday newspaper. The decade that followed was one of the most tumultuous decades in modern times, a period in which we witnessed the self-implosion of the Tories, the rise of new Labour, the Royal Family brought to its knees by scandal and tragedy, horrific news events like Dunblane, September 11 and the war in Iraq - alongside a seemingly endless supply of fantastically entertaining sport and celebrity gossip. Throughout the period (he later moved to the Mirror, infamously decing to take it upmarket and stand alone in making the paper anti-war) he kept detailed diaries of what happened - recording encounters and escapades with the key fighures involved, from Murdoch to Blair, Diana to the Beckhams. Like Alan Clarke and Paul Burrell before him, The Insider will give the wider reading public an unprecedented insight into the workings not only of newspapers, but the inside track on the corridors of power in Britain. Entertaining, engaging and compulsive, The Insider is set to become the most talked about book of the 2005, blowing apart every notion we have about politics, media and celebrity in the twenty-first century.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Book of the Year 2006.
"'I have great stories to tell, secrets to reveal, friends to salute, and bodies to bury. It should be, rather like my editing career, a lot of fun. Unless your name's Jeremy Clarkson or Ian Hislop, I guess.' Piers Morgan"
Piers Morgan was born in 1965. He studied journalism at Harlow College, beginning his career in local south London newspapers before being spotted by Kelvin MacKenzie of The Sun and given his own showbiz column, Bizarre. Rupert Murdoch made him Editor of the News of the World in January 1994; he was headhunted two years later to edit The Mirror where he stayed until earlier this year.