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The fissured mogul

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August 2006, no. 283

The History of The Times: Volume vii: the Murdoch years by Graham Stewart

HarperCollins, $69.95 hb, 727 pp

The fissured mogul

by
August 2006, no. 283

In the first volume of his memoirs, In Time of Trouble, Claude Cockburn described his introduction to The Times of the 1930s, on a visit to its foreign desk. There he found one sub-editor reciting Plato’s Phaedo from memory, while another translated it into Chinese: they had a bet it could not be done without loss of nuance. Another sub-editor, a grammarian of Polynesian previously employed as a professor of Chinese metaphysics at the University of Tokyo, spent the entire evening over a two-line item concerning the Duke of Gloucester’s arrival in Kuala Lumpur. ‘There are,’ he explained to Cockburn, ‘eleven correct ways of spelling Kuala Lumpur, and it is difficult to decide which should receive the, as it were, imprimatur of The Times.’

Gideon Haigh reviews ‘The History of The Times: Volume vii: the Murdoch years’ by Graham Stewart

The History of The Times: Volume vii: the Murdoch years

by Graham Stewart

HarperCollins, $69.95 hb, 727 pp

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