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John Sergeant is ITN's Political Editor and before that spent 30 years at the BBC, latterly as the corporation's Chief Political Correspondent. This memoir takes the reader from his rather curious childhood, as the son of decidedly eccentric parents, to his flirtation with show business as part of the 60s satire boom - he starred in revue with Alan Bennett - and his earlyJohn Sergeant is ITN's Political Editor and before that spent 30 years at the BBC, latterly as the corporation's Chief Political Correspondent. This memoir takes the reader from his rather curious childhood, as the son of decidedly eccentric parents, to his flirtation with show business as part of the 60s satire boom - he starred in revue with Alan Bennett - and his early years in journalism on the Liverpool Post to his 30 years at the BBC....

Title : Give Me Ten Seconds
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ISBN : 9780330484909
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 308 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Give Me Ten Seconds Reviews

  • Alastair
    2018-11-03 18:01

    Loved this autobiography- would not have been so enjoyable if I had not lived through the period , had an interest in current affairs and were familiar with many of the characters referred to.

  • Waleed
    2018-11-17 13:57

    A great insider account of life at the BBC, as well of the politics of the 70s through the 90s. The book is full of funny little stories and anecdotes and can bring the personalities of some famous political figures such as Sir Edward Heath and Alastair Campbell down to earth.The ending of the book however, is rather, abrupt. Although does perhaps suit the style of a reporter - short and to the point. As well as news itself - unexpected - a subject which is prevalent throughout.

  • Lucy
    2018-11-07 11:14

    Very enjoyable.

  • Lorraine
    2018-11-17 15:09

    superb informative well written ..dont bother with supposedly best sellers read biographies instead

  • Nigel
    2018-11-02 15:15

    I read this book while on holiday and found it fitted the bill of a holiday read perfectly. This is not quite an autobiography but he takes us through his early life and his work life. While Mr. Sergeant has succeeded in his career as a political reporter his heart seems to be in comedy and entertainment and I think we've all recognised this in him which is how he ended up on Strictly Come Dancing.Though his style is light Mr. Sergeant's is by no means a lightweight reporter. He's been in Vietnam, the middle East and most famously West Minster. Though this main seem a bit serious the memories he recounts are of the people and the good times.

  • Chris
    2018-10-18 16:03

    I like John Sergeant whenever I see him on TV – he’s a jovial chap and his dry wit often makes me chuckle. The book, however, does not. Tedious and at times really rather dull, this autobiography led me to believe that Sergeant bumbled his way through a journalistic career, helped along the way by chums in the BBC. In reality, that may or may not have been the case but he was clearly bored himself writing this. As such his two-book contract with publisher Macmillan was ended by mutual agreement. Sergeant revealed he had paid back the advance because he could not face writing a second memoir.Thank goodness for that.

  • Kate Millin
    2018-11-09 15:57

    I found this very readable - and surprising in places as I had not realised John had started out in comedy before becoming a journalis. He is vey wry in the way he explains things as his broadcasting manner transfers neatly to the page.John Sergeants deliciously funny bestselling memoir now available in paperback.For thirty years, John Sergeant worked for the BBC, latterly as Chief Political Correspondent. Give Me Ten Seconds is a riveting and frequently hilarious account of life at the BBC coalface, but it also gives us a unique insiders view of British politics.

  • Raj
    2018-10-21 14:16

    John Sergeant has had an interesting life. He was in the crowd during Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech, he was in a comedy series written by Alan Bennett and, of course, he's spent most of his life as a journalist and reporter. His dry wit shines through and he writes well. His anecdotes, both political and non-political, are interesting and entertaining and his commentary on political matters is definitely worth reading. Shame it was let down by a rubbish last sentence.

  • Mike
    2018-11-16 11:56

    A nice autobiography, though desperately weighed down by dull political fact in the last quarter.Pleasant enough...

  • Toby White
    2018-10-20 18:24

    I found this book very interesting, and also a pleasantly surprising dip-in-dip out read!

  • Richard Collins
    2018-11-04 16:55

    An intreguing insight into the world and lifestyle of this most respected broadcast journalist.

  • David Highton
    2018-10-24 13:04

    amusing and self-deprecating

  • Louise
    2018-11-02 17:12

    Brilliant book, even if it did take me a long time to read due to tiredness. A good insight into a reporter and journalists role at the BBC.