The witty, incisive and frank memoir of the best-selling author of The Victorians, Jeremy Paxman, whose career at the BBC included 25 years as the uncompromising presenter of Newsnight.
Covering insights on politicians of every stamp over the last half century, reporting from war zones, the state of the BBC, the role of journalism in our political system and much more, Jeremy Paxman's long-awaited and candid memoir is packed with opinions and good humour on every page.
Praise for Jeremy Paxman: "Intelligent, well-written, informative and funny.... A book to chew on, dip into, quote from and exploit in arguments." (Andrew Marr, Observer)
"He writes with wit and penetration, and every page of Empire can be read with relaxed pleasure." (Spectator)
"Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated.... In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery." (Sunday Times)
"A very engaging account...with a good sprinkling of jokes, funny nicknames and sexual references. Paxman makes some very sharp points and writes well." (Guardian)
"Bursting with good things." (Daily Telegraph)
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Slow down Jeremy
No. I preferred to savour it.
What an entertaining speaker and life. So many incidents and anecdotes. Would prefer it if he didn't preach quite as much but maybe it goes with the territory. He keeps telling us how lucky he has been. Perhaps he protests too much. OK he has achieved much more than most of us and likes to give the impression that it is due to hard work and initiative. The public school background, however, may have had something to do with it. Also being rude to people when they are in a vulnerable position must be a good way of getting noticed. Full marks to him for agreeing to narrate his own life story. He can't need the money. Kept waiting for him to give us the where and when on the Ruby Wax comment but he left us dangling with that one.