Author: Tom Davies
Publisher: Berwyn Mountain Press
View: 2612The Reporter''s Tale is an adventure story about Tom Davies, a young Welsh writer who travels the world looking for the truth and, in a few days of blistering revelation in Malaya, finds it in a series of visions.Thereafter, he takes his new insights on a journey through the media, becoming a reporter for top Sunday newspapers - and later an award-winning author of many books - and realising he has a fresh understanding of the causes of the violence which is so blighting the modern world.His odyssey of discovery begins in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles where he finds that the media - with its persistent pursuit of violence - is the cause of much of the disorder there.The global media, which specialises in reporting the worst of everything from everywhere, has become the mother and father of modern terrorism, he says, giving the IRA disproportionate power and importance merely because they offer violence. Television in particular is the catalyst for the growing disorder in our streets: becoming the very leader of street riot while also giving motive and reward to suicide bombers.The many revolutions of the Arab Spring are fully explained by his visions, he shows. Here the world''s media first began feeding on the self-immolation of a Tunisian trader before spawning revolution after revolution in neighbouring countries. They all wanted freedom and democracy, we were told, but all that seemed to be happening was that they were deranged by watching too much television news as each service, particularly Al Jazeera, spooled out violent imagery on an almost twenty four hour loop mostly from footage downloaded from their viewers'' mobile phones.All outlets of the media have come together and conspired to set loose a tide of evil which is turning violence into the very oxygen we are all now breathing, Davies shows in this book which may well be the most powerful and trenchant attack ever mounted on the tyranny of the modern media.''How utterly fascinating I found The Reporter''s Tale! What a life! What an epiphany! I am astonished by the profligacy of detail - inner and outer - and by Tom Davies'' command of his own meanings''.Jan Morris, writer.''Steel worker''s son, gossip columnist, coal yard owner, novelist, travel writer, religious visionary. Tom Davies'' voyage through the last 60 years in The Reporter''s Tale is as strange and compelling as the Book of Revelation.''Ian Jack, Guardian columnist and former editor of Granta.I found The Reporter''s Tale both disturbing and thought-provoking. Berwyn Mountain Press is to be congratulated on keeping the faith with one of Wales'' most passionate and creative writers.Max Boyce, MBE, entertainer.In The Reporter''s Tale, Tom Davies takes the reader on a sensuous and, at times, harrowing pilgrimage. John Bunyan might have written something like this had he joined that rabble on a pub crawl to Canterbury. A testimony of hope, deep loss and a determination not to perish in the godless shadows of our days. Be inspired.Stewart Henderson, poet and presenter of Questions, Questions, BBC Radio 4.Rapturous in places, repulsive in others, but a powerful autobiography, grappling with faith, sex, the media and the horrific implications of fictional violence on our disturbed society. Not to be missed, even if it demands a strong stomach.Michael Saward, hymnwriter and former Canon Treasurer of St Paul''s Cathedral.The Reporter''s Tale is the autobiography of Tom Davies, a steelworker''s son from Cardiff who went on to enjoy - and sometimes endure - a high-rise career as a writer. This is a packed and passionate book from a man who kissed the Blarney Stone and found God talking to him.Western Mail.Tom Davies, the former Observer journalist and one-time Penarth coal merchant, has moved to Bala and is producing books at an enviable rate. This is an autobiography told with the speed of fiction. Davies spills the beans on a life that mixed God with debauchery in almost equal proportions. The Davies'' trajectory starts where many do, in the boundary-pushing ''60s. Colin Wilson, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac all feature as early influences. Tom the Book''s progress from provincial journalist to UK national icon is charted with an engaging mixture of humour and revelation. I found it compulsive.Peter Finch, Chief Executive, Welsh Academy of Writers.I found The Reporter''s Tale a marvellous book which captures the spirit and atmosphere of working on a newspaper. The time Davies spent on the Western Mail is only one episode in the fascinating life he has led - but this revealing and painfully honest book will be of interest to anyone thinking of taking up journalism or writing as a career.Brian Lee, Echo Extra.The Reporter''s Tale is the story of a writer''s exhilarating journey around the world until he finally ends up running an art gallery in Bala. The journey is always entertaining and his life changes completely when he sees a series of visions in Malaya in which he understands that God is in deep distress because of the corruption of our modern media. With his new insights Davies argues that the modern media, with its romantic obsession with violence, cruelty and perversion, is causing widespread damage throughout the world. During his journalistic career Tom investigated a number of cases in which violence on the screen or printed page have inspired acts of violence like Hungerford and American school massacres. I regard The Reporter''s Tale as one of the most significant spiritual memoirs I have ever read, comparable to C S Lewis'' Surprised by Joy, Jack Clemo''s Confession of a Rebel and Malcolm Muggeridge''s Chronicles of Wasted Time.The Christian LibrarianThis autobiography has a dynamic forthrightness and range. The chapters on the Welsh miners'' strike were a highlight as were those on the Sunday Telegraph. I never realised journalists were so drunken and badly behaved.John Davies, poet and publisher.What happens to columnists when they''ve done hundreds and find the place where they started coming round again? If you were Tom Davies you''d simply carry on. Tom, novelist, reporter, investigative hack and perpetual commentator on the vagaries of life in Wales has spilled the beans in his recent Berwyn Mountain Press paperback, The Reporter''s Tale. Davies was a firecracker of a journalist who delivered news and insight as often as he did outrage, indignation and shedloads of damning with faint praise. His life as a regional journalist making good on the London nationals and then falling from grace and returning to Wales makes for exhilarating reading. Starting on the Western Mail, he went on to work for The Sunday Times, the Observer and the Sunday Telegraph, with episodes in between as a coalman and Christian evangelist. In that way of wayward creatives who are never happy where they are, he ended up working as a novelist. There are 16 fat titles listed on this ink man''s bibliography. One Winter of the Holy Spirit, the story of Evan Roberts and the 1904 revival in Wales is an excellent place to start.The Insider, Western Mail.Tom Davies is never less than entertaining, never more readable than when he is being passionate. The Reporter''s Tale is a riveting read and Tom possesses - like C S Lewis - the rare gift of making theology accessible and deserves a wide audience. Tom is a reluctant prophet - but a prophet nevertheless - and his prose is soaked in wisdom, clarity and the odd drop of whisky. Highly recommended.Amazon.
The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya
Author: Gerard Loughran
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 2731Launched in Nairobi in 1960, three years before the birth of independent Kenya, the Nation group of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an infant nation, suffering the pain of its failures and rejoicing in its successes. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Nation looks back on its performance as the standard-bearer for journalistic integrity and how far it fell short or supported the loyalty demanded by its founding slogan 'The Truth shall make you free'. The Aga Khan was still a student at Harvard University when he decided that an honest and independent newspaper would be a crucial contribution to East Africa's peaceful transition to democracy. The 'Sunday Nation' and 'Daily Nation' were launched in 1960 when independence for Kenya was not far over the horizon. They quickly established a reputation for honesty and fair-mindedness, while shocking the colonial and settler establishment by calling for the release of the man who could become the nation's first prime minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and early negotiations for 'Uhuru'. By the time of independence, the Nation newspapers were already established at the heart of a literate African leadership, and their importance, both editorial and commercial, would continue to grow. In the decades following independence, the government's attempts to harness the media's communicative power and reach would be at odds with the editors' determination to toe an independent line. Despite the arrests, intimidation and economic pressures suffered by the Nation newspapers, they remained resolutely patriotic, most recently seeking to act as peace brokers in the violence that broke out following the 2007 election. The history of the 'Nation' papers and that of Kenya are closely intertwined; in the heat of its printing presses and philosophical struggles, that story is told here: from committed beginnings to its position today as East Africa's leading newspaper group.
Author: George R. Gissing
View: 4228George Gissing's novel New Grub Street, first published in 1891, was one of the best-sellers of the Victorian era. The novel contrasts high-minded artists with those who forsake art for material gain. The work also has autobiographical elements: the protagonist struggles for recognition and respect in face of growing depravity.
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: Little, Brown
View: 546Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop, Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.
Author: Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Harper Collins
View: 1804A hilarious yet deeply moving coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Moran, “the U.K.’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself. It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit. By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all kinds of sex with all kinds of men and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all? Imagine The Bell Jar—written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.
Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
View: 5880An odyssey through the mind and memory of a washed-up writer, from one of Europe’s most provocative novelists Mysteriously summoned to a houseboat on the Morava River, a few friends, associates, and collaborators of an old writer listen as he tells a story that will last until dawn: the tale of the once well-known writer’s recent odyssey across Europe. As his story unfolds, it visits places that represent stages of the narrator’s and the continent’s past, many now lost or irrecoverably changed through war, death, and the subtler erosions of time. His wanderings take him from the Balkans to Spain, Germany, and Austria, from a congress of experts on noise sickness to a clandestine international gathering of jew’s-harp virtuosos. His story and its telling are haunted by a beautiful stranger, a woman who has a preternatural hold over the writer and appears sometimes as a demon, sometimes as the longed-for destination of his travels. Powerfully alive, honest, and at times deliciously satirical, The Moravian Night explores the mind and memory of an aging writer, tracking the anxieties, angers, fears, and pleasures of a life inseparable from the recent history of Central Europe. In crystalline prose, Peter Handke traces and interrogates his own thoughts and perceptions while endowing the world with a mythic dimension. As Jeffrey Eugenides writes, “Handke’s sharp eye is always finding a strange beauty amid this colorless world.” The Moravian Night is at once an elegy for the lost and forgotten and a novel of self-examination and uneasy discovery, from one of world literature’s great voices.
Author: Honore de Balzac
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
View: 5277Mme. de Bargeton and Lucien de Rubempre had left Angouleme behind, and were traveling together upon the road to Paris. Not one of the party who made that journey alluded to it afterwards; but it may be believed that an infatuated youth who had looked forward to the delights of an elopement, must have found the continual presence of Gentil, the man-servant, and Albertine, the maid, not a little irksome on the way. Lucien, traveling post for the first time in his life, was horrified to see pretty nearly the whole sum on which he meant to live in Paris for a twelvemonth dropped along the road. Like other men who combine great intellectual powers with the charming simplicity of childhood, he openly expressed his surprise at the new and wonderful things which he saw, and thereby made a mistake. A man should study a woman very carefully before he allows her to see his thoughts and emotions as they arise in him. A woman, whose nature is large as her heart is tender, can smile upon childishness, and make allowances; but let her have ever so small a spice of vanity herself, and she cannot forgive childishness, or littleness, or vanity in her lover. Many a woman is so extravagant a worshiper that she must always see the god in her idol; but there are yet others who love a man for his sake and not for their own, and adore his failings with his greater qualities. Lucien had not guessed as yet that Mme. de Bargeton’s love was grafted on pride. He made another mistake when he failed to discern the meaning of certain smiles which flitted over Louise’s lips from time to time; and instead of keeping himself to himself, he indulged in the playfulness of the young rat emerging from his hole for the first time. The travelers were set down before daybreak at the sign of the Gaillard-Bois in the Rue de l’Echelle, both so tired out with the journey that Louise went straight to bed and slept, first bidding Lucien to engage the room immediately overhead. Lucien slept on till four o’clock in the afternoon, when he was awakened by Mme. de Bargeton’s servant, and learning the hour, made a hasty toilet and hurried downstairs. Louise was sitting in the shabby inn sitting-room. Hotel accommodation is a blot on the civilization of Paris; for with all its pretensions to elegance, the city as yet does not boast a single inn where a well-to-do traveler can find the surroundings to which he is accustomed at home. To Lucien’s just-awakened, sleep-dimmed eyes, Louise was hardly recognizable in this cheerless, sunless room, with the shabby window-curtains, the comfortless polished floor, the hideous furniture bought second-hand, or much the worse for wear.
Covering and Uncovering the Secret State
Author: John Lloyd
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 1224The threat of terrorism and the increasing power of terrorist groups have prompted a rapid growth of the security services and changes in legislation permitting collection of communications data. This provides journalism with acute dilemmas. The media claims responsibility for holding power to account, yet cannot know more than superficial details about the newly empowered secret services. This book is the first to analyse, in the aftermath of the Snowden/NSA revelations, relations between two key institutions in the modern state: the intelligence services and the news media. It provides the answers to crucial questions including: how can power be held to account if one of the greatest state powers is secret? How far have the Snowden/NSA revelations damaged the activities of the secret services? And have governments lost all trust from journalists and the public
A Cycling Odyssey Into Cricket's Heartland
Author: Colin Bateman
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Category: Bicycle touring
View: 8076Colin Bateman, the cricket correspondent for the Daily Express, has written this hilarious account of what happens when he and a disparate group of friends (aged 19-71) set off for a 1100 mile charity bike ride around all 18 of the cricket counties of England and Wales. They had no idea what perils lay in wait around the next bend. And neither did the guest riders who joined them for a day here and there, and included former England cricketers Angus Fraser and Steve James, both of whom have contributions to make to this tale of two wheels.String Fellows reveals the tensions that build up when six good friends are taken out of their comfort zone for 16 days of pain and pleasure in the saddle. The story takes us around the by-ways of Britain, exploring its curious folk and folklore. It tells very personal tales of each county cricket club and what exactly makes Britain ‘grate’ when viewed from the saddle on another back-breaking climb into a cruel head-wind. You do not have to like cycling to cricket to enjoy this humorous tale but by the end of it you probably will.
Author: Ha Jin
View: 6826From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: an urgent, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, an outrageous book idea,and a lone journalist's dogged quest for truth in the Internet age. New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by the Chinese diaspora around the world. Danlin's explosive expos�s have made him legendary among readers--and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. Haili's scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally--he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies,and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to emerge from this investigation with his career--and his life--still intact. A brilliant,darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force of modern fiction.
Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
Author: Beth Macy
Publisher: Little, Brown
View: 8341NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.