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The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News by Patrick Kidd
  

The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News

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Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze and astonish, hard to imagine anyone reading this collection without laughing out loud every page or two. An absolutely essential Christmas stocking treasure for every Times reader. ~ Sue Baker

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The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News by Patrick Kidd

Over the past 50 years, The Times Diary has provided a daily dose of mirth, gossip, innuendo and anecdote from the pens of such writers as Ion Trewin, Michael Leapman, a brace of Corens (Alan and Giles) and Hugo Rifkind. As the custodian of the column since 2013, as well as being The Times's political sketch-writer, Patrick Kidd presents an anthology of some of the most amusing and diverting stories from the Diary's first half-century. They include the kidnapping of Humphrey, the Downing Street cat; the time that Tony Blair was thrown in prison in New York; Dame Judi Dench's foul-mouthed riposte to a cabbie and how John Major's brother inspired David Bowie; as well as examples from some of the column's long-running series such as Apt Names, Collective Nouns and Jurisprudery.

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'Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze and astonish, hard to imagine anyone reading this collection without laughing out loud every page or two. An absolutely essential Christmas stocking treasure for every Times reader.' - Sue Baker (Love Reading) 'I found it fascinating to look back at some of the earlier items, and note (with help from Kidd's footnotes) when people who would go on to be famous and/or infamous were first mentioned in the diary.' - Arnie Wilson (Huffington Post)'


About the Author

Patrick Kidd is Editor of TMS, the Times Diary column, since 2013 and is also the paper's political sketch-writer. He joined the paper in 2001 as junior Diary flunkey under Giles Coren, working his way up to lackey before moving on to be a property journalist for three years. He has since written for most sections of the paper, including news, features and sport. He covered the London Olympics in 2012, the same year he was shortlisted in the Sports Journalism Awards, and has published two books before this anthology: The Best of Enemies (with Peter McGuinness), on the sporting rivalry between England and Australia, and The Worst of Rugby.

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Publication date

6th October 2016

Author

Patrick Kidd

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Publisher

Times Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
Humour
eBook Favourites

Humour collections & anthologies
Reportage & collected journalism

ISBN

9780008205522

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