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The Remarkable Lives of Bill DEEDES

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Drawing on a rich selection of private papers & hours of interviews with Deedes & his contemporaries, Stephen Robinson charts brilliantly the depths & shallows of the man who inspired Evelyn Waugh's hapless reporter William Boot in Scoop & was the recipient of Private Eye's famous Dear Bill letters. Deedes was also a husband & father of five & Robinson explores the rumour & reality with equal measure to reveal the true character of one of the most extraordinary men to have graced the British national press. 484pp P/B

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Drawing on a rich selection of private papers & hours of interviews with Deedes & his contemporaries, Stephen Robinson charts brilliantly the depths & shallows of the man who inspired Evelyn Waugh's hapless reporter William Boot in Scoop & was the recipient of Private Eye's famous Dear Bill letters. Deedes was also a husband & father of five & Robinson explores the rumour & reality with equal measure to reveal the true character of one of the most extraordinary men to have graced the British national press. 484pp P/B