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The Bootle Boy


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Les Hinton was born in Bootle, Merseyside, in 1944, the son of a British Army sergeant. For the first 15 years of his life he lived in Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Germany, Singapore, and numerous places in Britain. In 1959, his family emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia, where he became a copy boy in a small evening newspaper owned by a rising young publisher, Rupert Murdoch. In the next 52 years, as Murdoch grew his empire, Hinton travelled the world, first as a correspondent, later as one of Murdoch's most senior executives. He lives with his wife Kath in New York and London. This is his first book.


'An epic story ... and a penetrating insight into the mind of Murdoch.'

* Daily Mail *

'Les Hinton lifts the lid on his 52 years working with the media mogul Rupert Murdoch ... This 'untidy life in news' yields a rich crop of anecdotes.'

* The Times *

'[A] great romp of a journalistic memoir.'

-- Stephen Robinson * The Sunday Times *

'It vividly captures the rise and fall of the press over 60 years ... [no] acolyte's paean.'

-- Ian Burrell * i *

'[Gives] an unprecedented insight into the media mogul [Murdoch's] ways.'

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'Les Hinton's story is about the glory and the tragedy of the newspaper business. He knows all the secrets of this tale and few are more clear-eyed than him when they tell it.'

-- Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury

'A terrific memoir by one of the all-time great newspapermen. Highly recommend if you want to know what it takes to be a journalist.'

-- Piers Morgan

'[A] must-read for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the media.'

-- Noreen Barr * Press Association *

'A rollicking good tale of his extraordinary life ... an utterly charming autobiography.'

* William Shawcross *

"Does not shy away from criticism of Murdoch's mistakes .... honest, revealing - and a beautifully written page turner."

-- William Shawcross

'Hinton is likeable and self-deprecating as he conjures up the lost worlds of boyhood and early newspaper days. A must-read for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the media.'

* Surrey Advertiser *

'A fascinating read.'

* The Sunday Post Dundee *

'Hinton evokes delicious memories of the analog age of newspapers, describing the smells and sounds of chutes, linotypes, molten lead stereo casting machines and presses roaring amid mists of paper fluff.'

* Weekend Australian *

'Brilliant ... a remarkable book.'

* Weekend Australian *

'Les Hinton's The Bootle Boy: An Untidy Life in News, is an ode to journalism and the amazing, eyeopening, exciting and gratifying life it offers.'

* The Australian *

'Les Hinton tells the story of his remarkable life in a remarkable book.'

* Weekend Australian *

'An honest, cleanly told autobiography ... The journalist within Les Hinton has observed the right professional care by setting his life in context, conveying it with an abundance of charm and refreshingly robust honesty.'

* Australian Book Review *

'An amiable autobiography ... pacey, engrossing and a lot better written than most hacks' memoirs.'

-- Michael Leapman * British Journalism Review *

'His narrative of growing up in Bootle, in Liverpool, and many other places around the world then moving into journalism is inspirational for any wanting to follow that path.'

-- Steve Howard * Manly Daily *

'The yarns are delivered with a classic journalist's eye for the telling physical detail, an ear for the revealing quote and a knack for sequencing facts.'

-- David Cohen * Sunday Star Times *

'The stories are all told from the front row.'

-- Roy Christopher * Well-Red Bear *

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