The Spoiler, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Tamara Sim, a ruthlessly ambitious young journalist, is thrilled when she is sent to interview veteran war correspondent Honor Tait.

Finally - a chance for Tamara to prove that there's more to her than forged expenses claims and the 'what's in/what's out' column she churns out for her tabloid.

But Honor isn't an easy subject; cold and evasive to the point of rudeness, it's almost as if she has something to hide. And when Tamara starts to do some digging (not all of it strictly legal) she makes a discovery which has devastating consequences for them both...In The Spoiler, the former literary editor of the Financial Times and the Guardian offers a first hand glimpse into the world of British journalism.


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I was disappointed in this book. The plot was very thinly spread, and really just an excuse to describe the rivalry between journalists on national newspapers. It seemed very very slow, and did not live up to the blurbs given on the cover.

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This is an amusing novel which satirises the different aspects of the world of journalsim through the scenario of a young, ambitious but essentially shallow gossip columnist interviewing an aging foreign correspondent whose career started during the Spanish Civil War and included coverage of the liberation of Buchenwald, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, as well as meetings with Castro, Che Guavara, George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway.Though it was slightly longer than was really necessary this is a very enjoyable book. The characters of Honor Tait, the elderly and accomplished correspondent, and Tamara Sim, who thrives in coverage of vacuous celebrities but barely knows which party is in government, are very finely drawn and skilfully contrasted.

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