Dial M for Murdoch, By Tom Watson & Martin Hickman
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 01 December 2012
Updated to take account of recent judicial dramas, this vital chronicle of the phone-hacking scandal moves from the nitty-gritty of crime and deceit to implicate Murdoch and his empire in the wider "corruption of Britain".
As Leveson reports, every concerned citizen should read it. A collaboration between the Labour MP who led the charge and The Independent's Martin Hickman, the narrative gains tension and momentum from their blend of public-spirited zeal and dogged sleuthing.
As Watson puts it, "Martin is calm and cautious. I am not."
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