Stop the Press: An Inside Story of the Tabloids in Ireland, by John Kierans
Stop the Press is a funny, insightful and highly entertaining book, written by the editor of the Daily Mirror in Ireland.
Kierans has, as he says so himself, spent "23 years at the coal face of red-top reporting in pursuit of the biggest stories in crime, showbiz, sleaze and scandal".
He has seen it all and lived to tell the tale; there are Boy's Own tales of "narrowly" escaping death to deliver the "true stories behind the Gulf War" (the author reported from the frontline in Kuwait).
There are also highly excitable "madcap" assignments to gatecrash Rod Stewart's wedding to Rachel Hunter and equally madcap, or dare I say, Monty Pythonesque, assignments to "track down Julia Roberts after she ditched Kiefer Sutherland at the altar".
Kierans recounts meeting Bono and Ali in Miami in the mid-Nineties after "trigger-happy cops fired at least 100 rounds of bullets at them in Jamaica as they disembarked from their aircraft, hitting the plane at least eight times, after authorities mistook them for drug smugglers."
(taken from a review in the Irish Independent, 2009)