Famously guarded about his private life, Des will set the record straight and talk about his relationships, his childhood days in Ireland, as well as his early marriage and life in 70s London. Des takes us through his 30 years at the BBC from a reporter on local radio to the drama of his top-secret move to ITV, which was front page news on every national newspaper. The World Cups; the Olympic Games, including his reporting of the Israeli shootings in Munich; following Muhammad Ali to his fights in Zaire, Malaysia, and the USA; the Grand National that never was, the IRA threatened race; the programmes he turned down, the ones he wished he had! Des offers a candid account of life behind the scenes as a national broadcaster, the people he has met, the triumphs, the disasters.
In the unique role of top presenter on both main channels, he tells of his five years at ITV, his reasons for going there, and why his decision was justified but in other ways disastrous. One of the most long-awaited autobiographies of recent years, this book gives a frank and opinionated insight into the man behind the myth.
©2005 Des Lynam; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Delivered in such a monotone style that it appears that Mr Lynam was as bored reading this misogynistic tome as I was listening to it.
That said, a couple of parts are quite amusing, even interesting,, however they are the very rare exceptions and certainly not the rule. The enjoyable sections could have been covered in 10 minutes max.
Just enjoy your money and retirement Des but please dont write anything else.
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