in places, repulsive in others, but a powerful autobiography, grappling
with faith, sex, the media and the horrific implications of fictional
violence on our disturbed society. Not to be missed, even if it demands
a strong stomach.
and former Canon Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral.
autobiography has a dynamic forthrightness and range. The chapters on
the Welsh miners’strike were the highlight as were those on the Sunday
Telegraph. I never realised journalists were so drunken and badly
Reporter's Tale, Tom Davies takes the reader on a sensuous and,
at times, harrowing pilgrimage. John Bunyan might have written something
like this had he joined that rabble on a pub crawl to Canterbury. A
testimony of hope, deep loss and a determination not to perish in the
Godless shadows of our days. Be inspired.
and presenter of Questions, Questions on BBC Radio 4
Davies, the former Observer journalist and one-time Penarth coal merchant,
has moved to Bala and is producing books at an enviable rate.
This is an autobiography told with the speed of fiction. Davies spills
the beans on a life that mixed god with debauchery in almost equal proportions. The
Davies trajectory starts where many do, in the boundary-pushing ‘60s.
Colin Wilson, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac all feature as early influences.
Tom the Book’s progress from provincial journalist to UK national
icon is charted with an engaging mixture of humour and revelation. I
found it compulsive.
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