Category Archives: News

Agent Jack – The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter

My new book, Agent Jack, is in the shops now. It tells the astonishing true story of how, during World War II, MI5 fooled dozens of British fascists into thinking they were spying for Germany. The story has inspired two … Continue reading

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The next book: Agent Jack

I’m very excited to announce my next book, 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 a “fifth … 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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Sky Sources – An Apology

A Huffington Post piece in which I discover what “Sky sources” really means.

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“Hutton has set himself up as the Dr Johnson of this strange, widely read, hardly spoken, language”

Matthew Engel reviews Romps for the FT, and concludes that you should buy it, and I should write a second edition. Hard to argue.

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