In February 2002 Max Hastings retired from his position as a 'Fleet Street' Editor. His is an enormously illustrious career which started in 1985, when he was offered the Editorship of a national institution - the Daily Telegraph - in a surprise move by its owners. This candid memoir tells the story of what happened to him, and to a great newspaper, over the next decade.It is all here: the rows with prime ministers, the coverage of great events, the daily routine. Max Hastings describes his complex relationship with his proprietor, Conrad Black. He offers an extraordinary perspective on the decline of John Major, the troubles of the Royal Family, the difficulties of dealing with lawyers and celebrities, statesmen and stars. It is above all the story of the excitement and exhilaration of almost 10 years at the helm of one of the greatest newspapers in the world. 'Much excellent gossip, some of it wildly indiscreet.Hastings is a brilliant reporter' Sunday Telegraph' 'The acuity of his insights make this book a wholly compelling read' Observer
Max Hastings was Editor and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Telegraph in the late 80s and early 90s. In 1996 he became Editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, including Editor of the Year in 1988. He is the author of 15 books, two of which were named as Yorkshire Post Books of the Year and one of which won the Somerset Maugham Prize.