Keith Waterhouse files his last copy


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I was so busy yesterday with my new job that I didn’t get time to write anything about the death of Fleet Street legend Keith Waterhouse. Although he could be as curmudgeonly as a police detective deprived of his dinner, he was a fine novelist and playwright
and an inspiration to me. Not least for his book, On Newspaper Style, which began life as the Daily Mirror’s in-house stylebook. Someone “borrowed” my copy a few years ago and I’m reduced to a photocopied version, which I still distribute section of to my students.

I would like another copy, but unfortunately his death seem to have rather inflated the price of the originals. Amazon is currently selling an original hardback for, ahem, £1000.