Ten years ago, a distinguished English reporter, Donald Trelford of The Observer, wrote this about Harold Evans, editor of the Sunday (London) Times: “The book Harry should write now is the story of his own life, from St. Mary’s Road Central School in Manchester to the Sunday Times to the conquest of corporate America and rubbing shoulders with the Washington elite.” Well, Harold Evans has now written that book, entitled My Paper Chase, and this autobiography of almost 600 pages is being released by Little, Brown and Company. We have 5 copies to give away!
Here is the Google books overview of My Paper Chase:
“In My Paper Chase, Harold Evans recounts the wild and wonderful tale of newspapering life. His story stretches from the 1930s to his service in World War II, through town big and off the map. He discusses his passion for the crusading style of reporting he championed, his clashes with Rupert Murdoch, and his struggle to use journalism to better the lives of those less fortunate. There’s a star studded cast and a tremendously vivid sense of what once was: the lead type, the smell of the presses, eccentrics throughout and angry editors screaming over the intercoms. My Paper Chase tells the stories of Evans’s great loves: newspapers and Tina Brown, the bright, young journalist who became his wife. In an age when newspapers everywhere are under threat, My Paper Chase is not just a glorious recounting of an amazing life, but a nostalgic journey in black and white.”
It should be noted that Harold Evans was the newspaper editor who broke the worldwide story about thalidomide and led the effort to justly compensate the victims of this improperly tested drug. My Paper Chase is 592 pages, sounds fascinating for readers and newspaper lovers (and prospective journalists) and sells for a list price of $27.99. Thanks to Valerie at Hachette Book Group (HBG), we’re giving away five new hardbound copies to our own loyal readers.
What are the contest rules? As usual, they’re very simple. To enter this contest, send your name and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org . This will count as one entry. For a second entry, complete the following sentence: “If I were to visit England, the first thing I would like to see is _______________________.”
The deadline for submitting entries – and we’re giving everyone plenty of time – is Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at midnight PST. On Wednesday, November 25th, Munchy the cat will pick out the names of the 5 winners from a large plastic container. The winners will be notified the next day, for Thanksgiving, via e-mail. Don’t forget that you can’t win if you don’t enter!
Note: For this contest, prior contest winners of HGB books are not eligible. (If in doubt, enter anyway and we will verify eligibility.) Also, you must receive your mail at a residential (street) address in the continental U.S. or Canada. HBG will not mail books to P.O. boxes.