The witty, incisive and frank memoir of the best-selling author of The Victorians, Jeremy Paxman, whose career at the BBC included 25 years as the uncompromising presenter of Newsnight.
Covering insights on politicians of every stamp over the last half century, reporting from war zones, the state of the BBC, the role of journalism in our political system and much more, Jeremy Paxman's long-awaited and candid memoir is packed with opinions and good humour on every page.
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Praise for Jeremy Paxman: "Intelligent, well-written, informative and funny.... A book to chew on, dip into, quote from and exploit in arguments." (Andrew Marr, Observer)
"He writes with wit and penetration, and every page of Empire can be read with relaxed pleasure." (Spectator)
"Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated.... In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery." (Sunday Times)
"A very engaging account...with a good sprinkling of jokes, funny nicknames and sexual references. Paxman makes some very sharp points and writes well." (Guardian)
"Bursting with good things." (Daily Telegraph)
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He read it beautifully and the audio experience was definitely enhanced by him reading his biography himself.
Prior to reading this, I wasn't particularly keen on Paxman. However, I am always interested in the backstory of politics and journalism. Therefore, curiosity got the better of me and here we are. This is an excellent book. Yes, Paxman's somewhat pompous style is there, but I learned that he would probably agree if that accusation was put to him. He is actually quite self aware, and is open about his weaknesses. Much emphasis has been placed by the media on his exploration of his relationship with his father. That is here of course, but he also covers a range of other subjects, from the expected political interviews, to the unexpected account of why fishing is more that simply standing there with a rod (which was surprisingly engaging). I have found with many biographies that I am just becoming very interested in an account of something, when the author moves on. Not so here. Paxman shows an ability to spend the optimum time on each issue, enough to satisfy, but never bores. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Jeremy Paxman tell his own story. Fascinating insight into a journalist' and TV presenter's world. He even manages to make politics interesting. It's not exactly an auto-biography as he once he reaches post-university days he seldom refers to his personal life i.e. marriage etc. (He does explain that he won't be discussing family life at the start of the book.)
It's mainly about his time at the BBC as a journalist and presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge. Riveting stuff, with a fair sprinkling of Paxman brio and at times rather unconvincing dash of humility. The book goes to Post-Brexit and ends on an upbeat note about his life and times. Loved every minute.
Brutal honesty about his life and relationships with his father and colleagues. It is no great surprise to me that Mr Paxman would tell his storey his way; and that while his account is obviously from his point of view it appears balanced.
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