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Books in brief: The Journalist in British Fiction and Film

By John Keenan   October 2016

the-journalist-in-british-fiction-and-filmThe Journalist in British Fiction and Film by Sarah Lonsdale (Bloomsbury, £19.99)

It is little wonder that there are so many novels and films about journalism. As Sarah Lonsdale points out in her thorough and entertaining book, the “swashbuckling loveable rogues” found in the novels of Evelyn Waugh, Michael Frayn and Robert Harris need only a minimum of fictional embellishment.

Lonsdale begins her account with the journalists portrayed by Edwardian novelists as social crusaders “stealing out inconspicuously at night, to do their good work”; she closes it with the advent of the internet…

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