Christopher Silvester

Mirror Writing

Newspapermen: Hugh Cudlipp Cecil Harmswoth King and the Glory Days of Fleet Street

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CECIL HARMSWORTH KING was famous for three things: publishing the Daily Mirror in its heyday; attempting to engineer a ‘coup’ against the Government in 1968; and publishing hs inhscreet and caustic (though not always scintillating) diaries in the early 1970s. Hugh Cudlipp was also famous for three things: being the most successhl British tabloid edtor and editorial director of all time (measured in longevity as well as circulation); organising the ‘assassination’ of Cecil King; and writing what are perhaps the two best memoirs by a Fleet Street editor, Publish and Be Damned! The Astonishing Story of the Daily Mirror (1953) and Walking on the Water (1976).

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