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Give Me Ten Seconds #2020

Give Me Ten Seconds John Sergeant is ITN s Political Editor and before that spent years at the BBC latterly as the corporation s Chief Political Correspondent This memoir takes the reader from his rather curious chil

  • Title: Give Me Ten Seconds
  • Author: JohnSergeant
  • ISBN: 9780330484909
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • Give Me Ten Seconds By JohnSergeant, John Sergeant is ITN s Political Editor and before that spent 30 years at the BBC, latterly as the corporation s Chief Political Correspondent This memoir takes the reader from his rather curious childhood, as the son of decidedly eccentric parents, to his flirtation with show business as part of the 60s satire boom he starred in revue with Alan Bennett and his earlyJohn Sergeant is ITN s Political Editor and before that spent 30 years at the BBC, latterly as the corporation s Chief Political Correspondent This memoir takes the reader from his rather curious childhood, as the son of decidedly eccentric parents, to his flirtation with show business as part of the 60s satire boom he starred in revue with Alan Bennett and his early years in journalism on the Liverpool Post to his 30 years at the BBC.

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    1 thought on “Give Me Ten Seconds

    1. Loved this autobiography would not have been so enjoyable if I had not lived through the period , had an interest in current affairs and were familiar with many of the characters referred to.

    2. A great insider account of life at the BBC, as well of the politics of the 70s through the 90s The book is full of funny little stories and anecdotes and can bring the personalities of some famous political figures such as Sir Edward Heath and Alastair Campbell down to earth.The ending of the book however, is rather, abrupt Although does perhaps suit the style of a reporter short and to the point As well as news itself unexpected a subject which is prevalent throughout.

    3. I read this book while on holiday and found it fitted the bill of a holiday read perfectly This is not quite an autobiography but he takes us through his early life and his work life While Mr Sergeant has succeeded in his career as a political reporter his heart seems to be in comedy and entertainment and I think we ve all recognised this in him which is how he ended up on Strictly Come Dancing.Though his style is light Mr Sergeant s is by no means a lightweight reporter He s been in Vietnam, th [...]

    4. I like John Sergeant whenever I see him on TV he s a jovial chap and his dry wit often makes me chuckle The book, however, does not Tedious and at times really rather dull, this autobiography led me to believe that Sergeant bumbled his way through a journalistic career, helped along the way by chums in the BBC In reality, that may or may not have been the case but he was clearly bored himself writing this As such his two book contract with publisher Macmillan was ended by mutual agreement Sergea [...]

    5. I found this very readable and surprising in places as I had not realised John had started out in comedy before becoming a journalis He is vey wry in the way he explains things as his broadcasting manner transfers neatly to the page.John Sergeants deliciously funny bestselling memoir now available in paperback.For thirty years, John Sergeant worked for the BBC, latterly as Chief Political Correspondent Give Me Ten Seconds is a riveting and frequently hilarious account of life at the BBC coalface [...]

    6. John Sergeant has had an interesting life He was in the crowd during Martin Luther King s I have a dream speech, he was in a comedy series written by Alan Bennett and, of course, he s spent most of his life as a journalist and reporter His dry wit shines through and he writes well His anecdotes, both political and non political, are interesting and entertaining and his commentary on political matters is definitely worth reading Shame it was let down by a rubbish last sentence.

    7. A nice autobiography, though desperately weighed down by dull political fact in the last quarter.Pleasant enough

    8. Brilliant book, even if it did take me a long time to read due to tiredness A good insight into a reporter and journalists role at the BBC.

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