She’s filleted the Foreign Office, clobbered the Cambridge colleges, jeered at the gentlemen’s clubs, burlesqued the bishops – now Ruth Dudley Edwards pillories the publishing world.
Living with Rachel and contemplating marriage, Robert Amiss feels settled at last. He even has a proper job, making sure that The Wrangler – a right-wing, 200-year-old English magazine of economics, politics and letters – actually comes out every week despite the hopeless inefficiency of Alistair Bragg, its erratic editor. Yet Amiss is not entirely happy with his lot, for the atmosphere at the paper is poisoned by rampant egocentricity and savage ideological battles. Things are so bad that not even the appointment of Baroness Troutbeck can bring cheer to this troubled office.
When Joe Waldron, the drunken features editor, is found drowned in a bowl of punch, suspicions of foul play are brushed aside by the police. But then Bragg, too, is found dead and Amiss’s friend Chief Superintendent Jim Milton takes charge of the investigation. Is the murderer a monetarist, enraged by the paper’s change of direction? An agent of the newspaper’s proprietor who wants to break the terms of the trust? The deputy editor, desperate to be in the limelight at the paper’s bicentennial celebrations? Or Bragg’s wife, enraged at his dalliance with the tarty receptionist? There is no shortage of motives and, in typical Dudley Edwards style, no shortage of laughs in this riotous farce.
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. SIGNED, inscribed and dated by the author.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 217 pages; Physical description: 217p ; 23cm. Subjects: Media -- Journalism -- Fiction -- Satire -- Humour. Series: Collins Crime. Summary: Robert Amiss is not entirely happy at his job at the newspaper - the atmosphere is poisoned with egocentricity. When Joe Walden, features editor, is found drowned in a bowl of punch, suspicions of foul play are brushed aside by the police, that is until another death, that of Bragg, the editor.Review:
Acclaim for Ruth Dudley Edwards:
‘Sprightly, saucy and ingenious’
‘I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport’
London Evening Standard
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Book Description London : HarperCollins, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2325985