The Independent Newspaper Surveys Classic Newsroom Books

Lucy Scholes writing in yesterday’s Independent makes a brief survey of what she calls the “classic newsroom book” from George Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891) to Annalena McAfee’s The Spoiler (2011). Waugh’s Scoop scores well in her estimation of the genre:

…Evelyn Waugh’s now legendary Scoop (1938) – so biting an account of the lengths to which Fleet Street will go for the hottest story – has since defined satire as the newspaper novel’s natural form.

Scholes links closely with Scoop Michael Frayn’s 1967 classic Towards the End of the Morning which she describes as “desparately funny in parts”.

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