Dial M for Murdoch, By Tom Watson & Martin Hickman
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
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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