Man Bites Talking Dog

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BeWrite Books today releases internationally the first ebook editions of Colin Dunne''s Man Bites Talking Dog, in cahoots with print publisher Revel Barker Publishing.Man Bites Talking Dog is the fourth in our ongoing ''Hack-Lit'' series of ebooks ... penned by seasoned Old School journalists who enthralled millions of ordinary folks like three and me ... on a daily basis, bang on deadline and just before the pubs opened for serious business.Dunne discovered early in his journalistic career that he was not cut out to be an ace news reporter. Not really. But that fact (the destruction of many a fainter heart) didn''t deter Dunne. Thankfully.If occupation was still listed on passports, his would read not ''journalist'' but ''fog-plaiter''. That''s an obscure rural expression in wildest Yorkshire, England for a chap who can create something amazingly substantial from mucky mist. Some talented and original artists in other disciplines, inventive scientists, brewers and distillers achieve this admirable level of making summat out of nowt.Dunne mastered, if not created, the art of literary fog-plaiting (ie: pulling chatty bunny rabbits out of empty hats) and captivating a deliriously happy readership of countless millions by travelling the world in search of ... well, pretty well anything that wasn''t a news story (ie: nothing at all).Newspaper and Magazine editors snapped him up and readers wept and shivered through tales of thoroughly depressing doom and gloom and shock-horror until they reached the story carrying Colin Dunne''s byline ... then they would split their sides with uncontrollable laughter and be well set up for the day or the week ahead, or forget in chuckle-fits the rotten drudgery and dismal news of dreary week that was.It will come as no surprise to friends, family, colleagues and readers that Dunne reveals exclusively in his new book that he had his very best and his very worst idea in a tiny and remote hill village in the middle of nowhere ... called Giggleswick!This book is a one-off lesson in laughter and how to guarantee it. It''s a book that turns workaday trivia into a one-man comedy show that has been running for more than half a century (though his email address is Dunnewriting this book puts the lie to that. Old stagers in the game of words don''t die, they just improve their golf swing. Colin''s is fog-plaiting at its finest by a gifted giggle-grinder an artful dodger of all that''s serious and who turned his dubious trade into an art form.From a modest start on a country weekly newspaper in the Yorkshire Dales, Colin Dunne staggered, via Leeds and Halifax, London, Leamington Spa, Newcastle upon Tyne and Manchester to Fleet Street in its heyday. For fifty years he delighted readers of local, regional and national newspapers and magazines with his uncanny ability to spot and more importantly to report the strange, the odd, the unlikely and the just plain daft elements of human life.Whether interviewing film star Brigitte Bardot, poet Basil Bunting, or even Corky the Talking Dog, discovering the sexy, red-lit nightlife of Hamburg, the man-hungry ice maidens of Reykjavik, sharing life on a beach with the models for a Pirelli calendar, watching BBC TV''s Antiques Roadshow being filmed in a ramshackle town in Jamaica where anything over a fortnight old was considered ''antique'', even winning the world''s first lawnmower race, Colin Dunne was the man for any assignment that was identifiably barmy and unidentifiably newsworthy. And that no ''real'' reporter would give the time of day.Editorial conferences might go something like this ... Editor: "This idea is a heap of trash. Complete balderdash." Smart newsdesk or features desk executive: "It surely is, Your Grace. Let''s put Dunne on the job."And always back in the office were the reckless and the feckless, outrageous, disgraceful, immoral, completely unreliable, but also the richly talented, wildly inventive and, above all, endlessly amusing.This is a near-incredible (but 100% true) account of the Great Days, the Glory Days of journalism in the buzzing world hub of the international press that was Fleet Street and by one of its rare stars and legends.And if you don''t believe that, ask Corky the talking dog.

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Colin Dunne's first piece of incisive reportage was an eight-line paragraph for the Craven Herald and West Yorkshire Pioneer on the weekly meeting of the Ladies' Happy Hour, at which Mrs L Tupman, president, presided. Indeed, Mrs L Tupman herself expressed her admiration for this early flash of talent. He had, as usual, peaked too early. In his subsequent career on the Northern Echo, Yorkshire Post, Press Association, Leamington Spa Courier, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Daily Mirror (Manchester and London), and freelancing for The Times, Good Housekeeping, Sunday Times mag, Radio Times, Woman and Home, Woman's Journal, Punch and all the rest, plus eight novels, he was never able again to repeat this success. For those who savour dark failure and bitter disappointment, it's all recorded her in Man Bites Talking Dog. Dunne, who now lives in Sussex, has transferred his flair for disaster to the golf course where he can be heard weeping twice a week.

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