THE ACCIDENTAL EDITOR is the autobiography of a man who never wanted to be a journalist . . . until he was one. Richard Harris became a reporter on his local weekly paper only because it seemed a slightly better bet than shovelling horse manure on a mushroom farm, which was his introduction to working life.
Almost immediately he realised that it was the job he was cut out for – and not just because it was through it that he chanced to meet the woman who was to become the love of his life.
THE ACCIDENTAL EDITOR – set in an age before newspapers were taken over by the money men, and when journalism was still great fun – is a story of excitement and frustration, tragedy and humour, of hard work and
unlikely lucky chances.
It is a story of memorable characters – from the inspiring editors he worked under to the world famous celebrities he met along the way.
But most of all it is a story of how far far a man can be taken in his career by a string of coincidences, good luck and being in the right place at the right time.
'I can't think of a single editor who has been as candid about their failings'
- ROY GREENSLADE, GUARDIAN MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
'It's a great read and proof that, whether or not he can edit, he can certainly write'
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