Delighted to have ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’ reviewed by The Sunday Times.
Author David Walker and The Man Who Never Sleeps, Tom Bell (right) at the launch of Tom’s autobiography. The Sunday Times described it as ‘…an engaging read…’ with ‘…some great drama and detail..’
Jonathan Northcroft, Football Correspondent of The Sunday Times, doesn’t pull any punches as he writes about what he likes – and doesn’t like – about the autobiography of Tom Bell:
‘David Walker has done a great job with the book and made it an engaging read on a figure who had a big role to play at a key and controversial moment in UK newspaper industry history.
As a journalist but also someone who lived through those times as a kid, I was most interested in the inside view it provided on Rupert Murdoch and his thinking when fighting the print unions. There’s some great detail and drama in those scenes. Tom Bell was the logistics guy who delivered for Murdoch, before going on to be a very successful corporate beast himself.
I certainly don’t share Tom Bell’s worldview – I didn’t end up particularly liking him – but the author makes him appealing by drawing out the fun side, the escapades and plenty of football bits.’
When the world’s most powerful media mogul wanted to revolutionise Britain’s national newspaper industry he turned to Tom Bell for help.
Rupert Murdoch was hell bent on wresting power away from the unions and freeing his News International business from the malevolent stranglehold of left wing activists. The infamous Wapping Dispute of the mid-1980s represented the biggest gamble of Murdoch’s life. It hinged on whether he could get tens of millions of newspapers past thousands of militant pickets. Tom Bell made it happen. He was indefatigable.
It was the beginning of the end of ‘Fleet Street’, but another chapter in the remarkable rise of a man born into poverty, but destined for the top.
Tom Bell has been a catalyst for many a change throughout his 67-years. As a child he would scavenge on bitterly cold, windswept beaches for sea coal, to stave off the worst of freezing Scottish winters.
Adversity only served to fuel his relentless determination to better himself. Hard work, talent and sheer bloody mindedness, saw him go from driving a lorry to clocking up millions upon millions of pounds in profits as a ground-breaking ‘Captain of Industry’.
His uncanny ability to make money changed the lives of tens of thousands of mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children, exploits that earned him a date with The Queen and an OBE.
Ruthless and compassionate in equal measure, a maverick who didn’t suffer fools gladly, Tom Bell grabbed every opportunity that came his way. From a bleak tenement in Kirkcaldy, to a lifestyle mixing with royalty, sports celebrities and icons from films and music, his story is an inspirational tale of rags to riches, based on a mantra of work hard and play hard.
Published by The Book Guild, ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’, featured at The London Book Fair and been the focus of a prime drive time interview and discussion on Talk Radio Europe in recent weeks. The book has already gone to reprint just 13 days after publication.
What they’re saying about ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’…
‘If you enjoyed the biographies of Dragons’ Den entrepreneurs Duncan Bannantyne and Peter Jones, then this one will be right up your street.’
‘Utterly absorbing…I loved the pacy, conversational writing style.’
‘A great read and so emotional, a blueprint and inspiration for what young people can achieve with the right attitude.’
‘I loved the style of writing throughout – just the right amount of humour injected into a ‘full on’ career in one of the most cut throat industries.’
‘Great read. Punchy and honest.’
‘In an age when every other book on the biographies shelf is about a ‘celebrity’, it’s a refreshing change to read about a ‘real person’.’
‘Excellent read – a true story of what can be achieved through old fashioned hard work – littered with some light hearted moments.’
The Man Who Never Sleeps represents David Walker’s book-writing debut. His second book, focusing on the financial pyramid of English football and the vagaries, pitfalls and triumphs of football club ownership, is already underway.