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Hold the Front Page!

The Wit and Wisdom of Anne Scott-James

By (author) Clare Hastings
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pimpernel Press Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 31st Mar 2020
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 20mm
Weight: 645g
ISBN-10: 1910258717
ISBN-13: 9781910258712
Barcode No: 9781910258712
In 1953 pioneering journalist Anne Scott-James started to write a weekly column for the Sunday Express newspaper. 'The Anne Scott-James Page' set the bar for a new way of writing. Scott-James perfected the art of the short, sharp column - and many of the topics she covered are equally on-trend today. She cogently expressed her views on men, children, fashion, beauty, food, interiors, travel, and anything else that took her fancy. Political opinions might be squashed between thoughts on eyebrow tweezing and a piece on swimsuit lines. Scott-James was a great believer in entertaining her readers, and her columns are sharp, witty, to the point, often very funny, sometimes very moving. In Hold the Front Page! a selection of the Sunday Express columns is brought together with a commentary by her daughter, writer Clare Hastings, and with photographs from the Scott-James/Hastings family albums and drawings by Osbert Lancaster, Scott-James's third husband, to provide a fascinating insight into the 1950s - and into the public and private life of one of the most celebrated columnists of the twentieth century.

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"Clare Hastings' deadpan and funny reminiscences of her mother are what elevates this book above a pleasingly nostalgic read." * Daily Mail * "In Hold The Front Page Clare Hastings has compiled a warm hearted tribute to her mother the journalist and gardener Anne Scott-James. Anne, whom I knew well as a country neighbour was a beautiful and formidable woman, a pioneer in the then male-dominated world of Fleet Street, whose newspaper columns, reprinted here are still relevant and topical today. Interspersed with examples of her journalism, Clare gives us a touching memoir of her remarkable mother, like herself "strong on common sense and short on whingeing." -- Richard Ingrams "Hold the Front Page!, compiled by her daughter Clare Hastings, is a selection of Scott-James's articles (many of them hilarious, all of them sprucely professional) interspersed with Hastings's affectionate but uncloying memoir. It conveys a completely vanished world." -- AN Wilson * Times Literary Supplement *