An Untidy Life: What I Saw at the Media Revolution

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About the Author
Les Hinton was born near Liverpool 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 immigrated to Adelaide, South Australia, where he became a copy boy in a small evening newspaper owned by a rising young publisher, Rupert Murdoch. Over the next 52 years, as Murdoch grew his empire, Hinton traveled the world -- first as a correspondent, and later as one of Murdoch's most senior executives. Having left Murdoch's employ in 2011, he now lives in New York and London. This is his first book.

"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 delightful autobiography...honest, revealing--and a beautifully written page turner...No one has worked more closely and for longer with Rupert Murdoch than Les Hinton...But he does not shy away from criticism of Murdoch's mistakes."
--William Shawcross, author of Justice and the Enemy

"An epic story...and a penetrating insight into the mind of Murdoch."
--Daily Mail

"A rollicking good tale of his extraordinary utterly charming autobiography"
--William Shawcross, Standpoint

"Overflowing with the names of the rich and famous, from Yoko Ono, Johnny Rotten and Graham Greene ("I smiled at him, he smiled back") to Bill Clinton, Princess Diana and Gordon Brown...pacey and engrossing and a lot better written than most of the hacks' memoirs I have struggled through over the years."
--Michael Leapman, British Journalism Review

"Brilliant...a remarkable book."
--Mark Day, The Australian

"An autobiography "conveying an abundance of charm and refreshingly robust honesty."
--Australian Book Review

"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

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

"[A] must-read for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the media."
--Noreen Barr, Press Association

"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

"[A] great romp of a journalistic memoir."
--Stephen Robinson, The Sunday Times

"Les Hinton's An Untidy Life, is an ode to journalism and the amazing, eyeopening, exciting and gratifying life it the centre of it all remains the shining, enticing, come-hither core value of journalism--to tell tales, to record the way we live, to bring light where there is murk and to reflect our societies."
--Mark Day, The Australian

"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."
--Daniel Johnson, The Times

"Les Hinton tells the story of his remarkable life in a remarkable book."
--Weekend Australian

"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

"Almost all of Hinton's stories contain era-defining events, the kind of media moments every writer waits for, looks for, longs for...An Untidy Life isn't all punk-rock dive bars and dishing dirt, but the stories are all told from the front row."
--Roy Christopher