Richard Littlejohn is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and best-selling author. His twice-weekly columns in The Daily Mail and The Sun earned him a place in the inaugural Newspaper Hall of Fame as one of the most influential journalists of the past 40 years.He has been Fleet Street’s Columnist of the Year and was named Irritant of the Year by the BBC’s What The Papers Say awards for his unrivalled ability to get up the noses of the Establishment.His extensive radio and television work has brought him both a Sony award and a Silver Rose of Montreux.He started writing a column at London’s Evening Standard, wrote a weekly column for Punch and also contributes to The Spectator.His satirical novel To Hell In A Handcart was the fastest-selling fiction paperback on its release in 2001 and described by Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph as a Bonfire of the Vanities for Middle England.Littlejohn’s highly-acclaimed non-fiction book You Couldn’t Make It Up skewered John Major’s Conservative government.Littlejohn’s Britain did the same for the Blair years and became a Sunday Times Number 1 best-seller.His new book, Littlejohn's House of Fun, reflects on 13 years of Labour madness, with special emphasis on the disastrous Gordon Brown era.Littlejohn has no party political affiliations and believes journalists should be in a state of permanent opposition and scepticism, opposed to vested interests of all political persuasions and fiercely protective of civil liberties.His job is to sit at the back and throw bottles.
Richard Littlejohn started on a now defunct local weekly, the Peterborough Standard, in 1971. He clawed his way up through the traditional route of births, deaths and marriages, steam engine rallies, agricultural fairs and local council meetings, working for news agencies and evening papers and contributing to regional and local radio and TV.He joined the Birmingham Evening Mail as an industrial correspondent in 1977, specialising in the motor industry and covered the Winter of Discontent.
In the early 1990s, Littlejohn's first real experience of TV came as a presenter of Granada's long-running What The Papers Say, which used to be produced in Manchester and is now, sadly, no longer with us.He graduated to a stool on the David Frost programme, where he delivered short satirical commentaries.
Richard began a fledgling radio career in the 1970s, contributing to local and regional programmes, covering everything from singing dustmen to football matches and by-elections.
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