I made the big mistake of downloading 24 Hours at 1030 last night - and then read it in a gulp. Compulsive. I couldn't put it down. At last, this is the real story of what it's like to be a journalist in 21st Century Britain! John Dale deftly interweaves stories ranging from the high drama of war zones to those "embedded" more prosaically in their local community. He goes behind the scenes as the news agenda is set by the tabloids and the uncovers the less-than-glamorous reality of the glossy magazines. Above all, he discovers a tribe of people immensely proud of - and even ready to die for - their craft. As journalism itself comes under fire and is redefined in the digital era, this makes essential reading - Lindsay Nicholson, Editorial Director, Good Housekeeping


This brilliant book is a must for anybody aspiring to be a journalist, who is an existing journalist or wants to know what journalism is all about. It's easy to read, professionally put together, takes in lots of data and makes it entertaining and relevant. Dale unpicks every aspect of modern journalism, from war correspondents to local newspaper reporters to trainees, to the newly redundant, freelance, staff writers, columnists, beauty writers and editors. The journalists' stories and experiences are told in their own words, and the editing is so expert it hardly shows. I can't praise it highly enough and its price on Kindle is affordable by everybody. A real insight into the inky (and now also electronic) trade and so much better than all the worthy, egotistical, academic tomes about journalism that never give an inkling of what it's actually like to be a journalist today - Liz Hodgkinson, author and writer


John Dale has put together a classic book of originality and imagination. Here is the world of journalism, from the least to the greatest, from the parish pump to the war-zone. It will be read by journalists everywhere - and many others - for years to come - Colin Dunne, author and writer


It's been a bruising year for professional journalists, and many of us have been seriously tempted to go in for something with a higher public approval rating such as traffic warden, banker or Middle Eastern despot. This timely book from John Dale reminds us why we do what we do and, more importantly, why society needs journalists. It is an hour-by-hour snapshot of one day in the life of journalists working in print, online and broadcasting. It's all here: the thrills, the laughs, the upsets, the tea rounds. The narrative takes us around the world and around the industry, from glossy magazine offices in London to dusty, deadly roads in Afghanistan. A great read for anyone with an interest in journalism - Sara Ward, magazine editor


All too often we devalue the work of journalists yet that work is vital to the proper functioning of society. This book brings home the amount of hard work and expertise needed to fulfil their vital role. Anybody wishing to understand the real world of journalism should read this book - Prof. Roger Mumby-Croft

To Whomsoever This Concerns
I am portrayed in 24 Hours as an unfit, boorish, name-dropping former editor who drank Jack Daniel's at afternoon conference and who now trawls ex-colleagues for quotes to support his punditry while wishing he were still back in the bigtime with them . . . reckon you got it just about right! Can't wait for the sequel.