Grand Inquisitor: Memoirs by Sir Robin Day hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: Revealing the struggles and gambles behind his seemingly unimpeded success, his often stormy relationship with the BBC; combining trenchant opinions and challenging ideas with a wealth of hilarious anecdotes, Sir Robin tells us how the hard-hitting bespectacled reporter of the fifties became a television superstar. From his boyhood, army service, Oxford years and his experience as a barrister, Sir Robin goes on to describe how he won his way into television, and made his name, as a newscaster and interviewer, in the newly-founded ITN. He explains why he stood as a parliamentary candidate, and how he came to join the celebrated team of reporters on Panorama, then the flagship of BBC Televisions journalistic fleet. Sir Robin, it has been said, has occupied a place on the political stage longer than anyone but the Sovereign herself. Here, he recalls reporting the momentous Suez parliamentary debates, and his historic interview with Egypts President Nasser. He remembers his controversial role at the centre of televisions coverage of eight general elections. And, for the first time, gives his unique personal reminiscences of the six Prime Ministers Macmillan, Home, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan and Thatcher that he has interviewed.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
[XV] 296 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.