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A host of anecdotes from Simon's 40-plus years in journalism

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Born in 1946, Simon Hoggart is the eldest child of the writer and academic Richard Hoggart. After Cambridge, he worked for the Guardian in Northern Ireland, Africa, and Westminster. He joined the Observer in 1991 as US correspondent, based in Washington, then returned to the UK to rejoin the political world. From 1996 to 2006 he chaired the News Quiz on Radio 4, and in 2001 became wine correspondent at the Spectator.

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Very funny - SpectatorNot a writer who bombards you with tales of his triumphs, but a shrewd watcher from the wings, with some great jokes and excellent stories and insights, especially about politicians - Sunday TelegraphEqually engaging if at a slightly more flippant level, is Simon Hoggart's A Long Lunch. Described by its author as 'in no way a life of me', it is still the best journalistic memoir since the late Alan Watkins A Short Walk Down Fleet Street of a decade ago - New Statesman, Books of the Year'To say this is the perfect toilet book is intended as the highest praise . . . often funny and startling' - Independent

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