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Each of these  books has been through four or five different editions and formats as they keep on being rediscovered. Slip-Up laid the foundation of what has been called 'hack-lit' -- stories about newspaper stories.


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Joyce McKinney made blinding headlines in Britain when she stormed over from the United States, abducted a young Mormon missionary and forced him to have sex with her. Her speech from the dock after being  charged, in effect, with rape made her even more notorious. No wonder the Daily Express was ready to pay a fortune for the story she would tell once she had been tried at the Old Bailey. But Joyce jumped bail and fled the country disguised as a nun. The Daily Mirror was less inclined to accept Joyce’s version of events. Pieced together in secrecy the Mirror revelations burst into print on the same day that the Express published Joyce’s fantasy version.

This is the story behind the sensational triumph of  the Daily Express finding the Great Train Robbery fugitive Ronnnie Biggs in Rio de Janeiro and refusing to hand him over to Scotland Yard until it ran the story. It was first published by the book division of the New York Times, then by  Andre Deutsch in London. The BBC bought television rights and made an elaborate 90-minute television drama. Legal threats from Jack Slipper, the leading copper in the fiasco that ensued, led to cuts and a change of title. It was broadcast as The Great Paper Chase. Slipper sued anyway and the BBC caved in. The show that had cost £1 million to make was never aired again. The book, however, escaped unscathed.

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I became a journalist purely on account of Anthony Delano's book about the Fleet Street chase to find Ronnie Biggs.- Sarah Sands, editor of the Evening Standard.


No journalist can afford to miss this cautionary tale . . . the story of the in-fighting and downfall of all concerned has one rolling in the aisles. Mr Delano's eye is astute, his ear a credit to his profession at any level; and his wit is accompanied by the ability to write clear English.-The Times


Anthony Delano, a reporter of much experience, has written the most useful, intellectually coherent and - yes - serious action-study of the British Press that anyone has given us for years... and hysterically funny. . . A beautifully articulated case-study of the code of the Code of the Street in action.-New Statesman


The funniest book of the summer. With expertly witty hands, Delano uproariously describes how "the biggest comeback of a condemned man since the Resurrection" was bungled... Lovely fun.-Cosmopolitan


I'd say it's the funniest book about Fleet Street since Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop. I stayed up half the night to finish it. It's one of those you-can't-put-it-down books. Delano's wicked pen spares no one.-U. K. Press Gazette


Dead-eye Delano has done it... He has taken on two of those worthy - if somewhat frowsty - British institutions, Scotland Yard and the Daily Express and demolished them with wit, pace and a keen eye... A hilarious straight-through read. Very, very good value for those who like a laugh. For journalists it is a must.-The Scotsman


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A brilliant and sharp insight into one of the most fascinating stories to unfold in tabloid journalism, packed full of information not reported in the media coverage. A must read.- Kindle review


Fascinating reading. Delano's style is distinctive, and he tells the story with humour. -Kindle review


Leap on it and lap it up!-TrashFiction



Few Australians even knew  they had a navy in World War 1 until they read this. But long before the celebrated events at Gallipoli, Australian sailors took German New Guinea in the Battle of Bita Paka. Small but tough, the early Royal Australian Navy saw action in every ocean and on most of the world’s seas. Rivers, too. The destroyer HMAS Yarra steamed high up the Sepik in Papua. The jaunty little cruiser Pioneer braved the treacherous shallows of the Rifiji in East Africa. Swan helped the Cossacks of the River Don hold off  Bolshevik revolutionaries. In a dramatic episodes behind the Western Front, raiders from the battlecruiser Australia stormed a U-boat base with bayonets and grenades. Then came mutiny and a bitter homecoming.

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‘A brilliant piece of work...especially the combat action, the naval detail and the humour.’

—Peter Thompson, author of Anzac Fury, Pacific Fury, Shanghai Fury.


‘Original, well researched and an excellent example of how to tackle this kind of historical

project.’ —Philip Knightley AM, author of The First Casualty.


‘The way history ought to be written’ —Greg Neale, Editor, BBC History Magazine.


‘... lively and witty writing ... highly informed ...’ —

Steven Carroll, The Age.

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