A Life in Questions

A Life in Questions News views and hilarious stories from the legend of Newsnight and long standing quiz master of University Challenge Bursting with good things Daily Telegraph During years as BBC Newsnight s suprem

  • Title: A Life in Questions
  • Author: Jeremy Paxman
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  • Page: 342
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  • News, views and hilarious stories from the legend of Newsnight and long standing quiz master of University Challenge Bursting with good things Daily Telegraph During 25 years as BBC Newsnight s supreme inquisitor, Jeremy Paxman proved himself as the master of the political intervview From John Major to Theresa May and Tony Blair to Ed Miliband, he has them quaking inNews, views and hilarious stories from the legend of Newsnight and long standing quiz master of University Challenge Bursting with good things Daily TelegraphDuring 25 years as BBC Newsnight s supreme inquisitor, Jeremy Paxman proved himself as the master of the political intervview From John Major to Theresa May and Tony Blair to Ed Miliband, he has them quaking in their boots But it wasn t just politicians Paxman s interviews with Dizzee Rascal, David Bowie, Russell Brand and Vivienne Westwood are legendary He discussed belief with religious leaders and philosophers, economics with CEOs and bankers, books with writers, and art and theatre with artists After 23 years on University Challenge, Paxman is also the longest serving active quizmaster on British television.In A Life in Questions, the tables are turned the quizmaster answers our burning questions, telling terrifying stories and laughing at much of the silliness in the world These are the long awaited memoirs of the greatest political interviewer of our time.

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    1. Jonathan Pool

      A few books come my way as Christmas presents from family and friends.These books tend to be different from the ones I self select, and those recommended by the community.Jeremy Paxman's autobiography"A Life in Questions" was a Christmas gift for 2016.Is it possible to enjoy a book, while feeling that much of it reads poorly and is badly structured? That how I felt about A Life in Questions.Paxman's reputation was, and remains, that of the feared inquisitor. He was lead interviewer of the mains [...]

    2. Tariq Mahmood

      The book was interesting as it kept me intrigued but failed to captivate because he left far too many questions unanswered. Not only is the book an autobiography but also doubles as BBC's biography. Jeremy manages a very spartan and apologetic view of the BBC, conceding at the same time how much of an effect BBC's unbiased opinions have on its unsuspecting viewership. And this very biased presentation left me with only one deduction, that our noble Mr. Paxman doesn't want to burn any bridges wit [...]

    3. Diocletian

      An entertaining read. Written in a conventional linear style, Paxman's lifestory is more surprising than you'd think. For one, he was quite a rebel in his younger days, even as a fag in public school he often disobeyed his superiors resulting in thrashings. His school years were full of amusing events like being flung into a boxing match, getting decked, then in his stupor connecting punches after the bell. All in all, he did come from humble beginnings and is an example of social mobility, to a [...]

    4. James A-Trill

      Listened to the audio book copy of this over the last few weeks, and was left largely bored by it. Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his persona, he takes quite a detached view from his anecdotes and simply recounts past meetings without much explanation of his inner workings. The most interesting parts were his coverage of the Troubles in Ireland, the BBC and his interview with Brand. Not particularly insightful.

    5. Keen

      “At the time I became a journalist, the trade was held in very low esteem, which is probably where it belongs. To judge from the false glamour now sprayed on the media, you’d think that journalists, disc jockeys, reality-show contestants and associated low life performed a useful social function, equivalent in value to the life-saving skills of paramedics or the discoveries of Nobel Prize winners. They do not.”So says Paxman, and you don’t spend forty odd years at the BBC without learnin [...]

    6. Sid Nuncius

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't read many autobiographies or memoirs because, frankly, so many of them are so dreadful, but I found this very readable, absorbing, witty and insightful.The opening is OK, if not hugely inspiring, being a well written but fairly standard recitation of Paxman's early life and education. Things begin to get really good as he almost falls into journalism, and especially his time in Northern Ireland during the "Troubles." He is incisive and fair-minded – and [...]

    7. Jan Duthie

      I kept asking myself why I at times avoided picking up this book and finishing it. The subject, Jeremy Paxman, certainly makes an acerbic commentary on events alongside an autobiography. These are usually elements which have me racing through a book and to be honest I can't put my finger on the exact reason why it didn't happen in this case. A puzzle.

    8. Mark Williams

      Brilliant, doesn't hold any back punches but also you see any different softer side appearing very often.

    9. David Swanson

      I like Jeremy Paxman and I really like good questions but this book was only occasionally interesting and not what I had hoped. I think Paxman's experience is more interesting than this book conveys.

    10. Grant

      An interesting read about an interesting man. Maybe the man behind the image is different to perception.

    11. Harry Parkhill

      Witty insight and engaging prose from tv’s nasty man. Some surprising revelations on his politics too.

    12. Graham Smith

      A very interesting and enlightening insight into Paxman's life and history, and also of TV, politicians, and celebrities. It was witty and very funny in parts. I always rate a book highly if it makes me laugh out loud and this book managed to do that on several occasions. I thought it was well written and insightful packed with witty and amusing tales from his past.

    13. Jem Collins

      I'm not really much of an autobiography kind of person, but this was given to me so I thought I would give it a go. I'd class this book as an 'easy read'. It's easy going and fairly enjoyable, but doesn't give much in the way of insight or things you didn't know before, which is somewhat of a shame. You also don't feel like you're getting to know Paxman any better, as it's quite matter of fact. This said, it was pleasant enough, and good and to pick up on tube journeys or trains, and was a good [...]

    14. Tailsmo

      Really interesting book, a wide ranging look back on the current affairs on which Mr Paxman has reported. He comes across as humble and slightly embarrassed at some of the sillier aspects of his career, whether that is unkind questions he has asked or slightly absurd situations in which he has found himself. Overall he provides a book displaying his love of his chosen profession.

    15. John Wright

      I actually wanted to give 4.9 stars. The last chapter about the media in general was a bit too I nside-baseball and I skipped most of it. The rest of the book is great though, I laughed out loud on loads of occasions. The chapter on Northern Ireland was very illuminating and I learned more from that than pretty much any other book I have read.

    16. San Diego Book Review

      It was just the other day, after one of the putrid demonstrations of junk theatre dubiously described as a debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that I was engaged in a Skype conversation with one of my North American client authors, an extremely well-educated man well-versed in both government and electoral politics. As talks between intelligent friends tend to do, we drifted off the main topic of his book and entertained ourselves with our thoughts on this most appalling of modern Am [...]

    17. Kate

      I barely know Jeremy Paxman. I'm not even sure why I picked this. I watched the Van Gogh document he mentions at the end couple of weeks ago. The one he had to walk for up a lane and walk back at the whistle of the cameraman.But hey, there's always something irresistibly charming reading about a typical middle-class kid growing up, going through the horror of boarding school and then landing a job at the BBC and so on.Life is an odd thing, it's as random as a coin flip, isn't it? You'd think all [...]

    18. David Margetts

      Typical Paxman, mildly humorous biography, interspersed with a sprinkling of interesting self effacing facts in relation to his upbringing and career. Nothing really illuminating or surprising and somewhat lacking into 'real insights' into the thousands of people he has met and interviewed over the years. The overwhelming message, rightly or wrongly, appears to be that most are utterly 'underwhelming', not least the politicians, which in itself I guess is a 'breath of fresh air' given the 'star [...]

    19. Gerald Sinstadt

      Jeremy Paxman is a journalist who gave distinguished service to BBC Newsnight and who enjoys a sideline as chairman of University Challenge.He has interviewed the great and the good from politics, the arts and public life but has remained at arm's length from them. His job, he argues, is to hold to account those in power. These memoirs reflect that approach with common sense leavened with a sharp wit. The BBC does not escape unscathed, and nor should it, but Paxman remains a stout defender.

    20. James Harding

      The Grand InquisitorJeremy Paxman gives a revealing insight to his life.He tells of his relationship with his father and of the interviews with the famous politicians and others.He's wit and acerbic style serves him all throughout his career.Excellent read.

    21. John

      Thoroughly enjoyed this book. full of humour and provides a real insight behind the scenes of journalism and particularly the BBC. I've always liked Jeremy Paxman's style and this gives a glimpse of the man behid the image.

    22. Rah-zee-uh

      While this was readable, and made me laugh out loud in parts, I don't think I would have missed any great insights had I NOT read it. Ok for a library book.

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