Robert Chesshyre

His Life and Times

My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times – An Autobiography

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Harry Evans, editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 until 1981, has written a curious book. Styled an ‘autobiography’ (which it is, in that it traces the author from his humble origins as the son of an engine driver through his rapid rise in British journalism to his present grand life in New York), it is also a – somewhat dated – journalist’s manual; a catalogue of tributes (Evans often sounds like a headmaster on prize-giving day); and a history of the great newspaper campaigns, like the battle with Distillers over thalidomide, which he waged in his heyday.

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