Author Archives: robhutton

The next book: Agent Jack

I’m very excited to announce my next book, working title “Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter”. In 1942, MI5 faced a puzzle. They’d spent the first three years of World War II convinced that Germany had … Continue reading

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Would They Lie To You? Free Extract

Want to get a flavour of the new book? Here’s a free extract… Would They Lie To You preview And there’s more here…

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In Defence of the Meaningless Speech

I went on the Today programme, to argue that when the news is bad, uncommunication is by far the best policy.

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Would They Lie To You? – on the Daily Politics

Post by Robert Hutton.

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The Journalese Row Scale

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Romps – The Radio Show

Radio 4’s Word of Mouth did a whole half hour on journalese, in which I barely plugged the book at all. Listen here.

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How To Give An Unapology

This extract from the still-being-written next book seemed timely…

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Would They Lie To You?

Would They Lie To You?, the follow-up to the quite-well-selling Romps, Tots & Boffins… is out now. The Mail called it “brutally funny”. Where Romps dealt with the sometimes-shifty language of newspapers, Lie deals with, well, everyone else. In particular, the people who want … Continue reading

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Romps, Tots and Boffins – the strange language of news

Where is drunken vandalism always a “booze-fuelled rampage?” Where is everyone in uniform a “hero” and every thief “heartless”? Where are market towns always “bustling” and villages “sleepy”? Journalese is the language of news. It’s a strange language, a little … Continue reading

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Romps: The Movie

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