Guardian Angel

  • Title: Guardian Angel
  • Author: Melanie Phillips
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  • Page: 453
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  • Guardian Angel Melanie Phillips is Britain s most high profile political pundit This memoir of her personal and professional life reflects the seismic changes in British culture and society over a quarter of a centu
    Melanie Phillips is Britain s most high profile political pundit This memoir of her personal and professional life reflects the seismic changes in British culture and society over a quarter of a century, covering her decades as a news editor, leading columnist, broadcaster and bestselling author a period which saw her transformed from darling of the left into icon of Melanie Phillips is Britain s most high profile political pundit This memoir of her personal and professional life reflects the seismic changes in British culture and society over a quarter of a century, covering her decades as a news editor, leading columnist, broadcaster and bestselling author a period which saw her transformed from darling of the left into icon of Middle Britain and the most controversial journalist in the UK Through her poignant story she provides a unique account of her own struggle to emerge from the grip of a suffocating family background, and reconcile love and loyalty with the freedom to be herself at last.

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    About Melanie Phillips


    1. Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain s educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents Her ideas have influenced politicians in both government and opposition, who follow her battles in the culture wars with fascination Styled a conservative by her opponents, she prefers to think of herself as defending authentic liberal values against the attempt to destroy western culture from within.Born in 1951, Melanie read English at St Anne s College, Oxford before training as a journalist on the Evening Echo, Hemel Hempstead After a short period on New Society magazine, she joined the Guardian in 1977 and soon became its social services correspondent and social policy leader writer After a stint as the paper s news editor, she started writing her column in 1987, taking it to the Observer and then the Sunday Times before starting to write for the Daily Mail in December 2001.She began writing a series of penetrating commentaries on this website in October 2003, at a time when blogging was relatively unknown Four years later, she accepted an invitation to move her blog to the Spectator website.Her book Londonistan was published in the US and UK in 2006 and immediately became a best seller Updated paperback editions were published in 2007.Among her earlier books is All Must Have Prizes, a devastating critique of Britain s education system She is also the author of The Sex Change Society Feminised Britain and the Neutered Male, published by the Social Market Foundation, America s Social Revolution, published by Civitas, and The Ascent of Woman, a history of the ideas behind the female suffrage campaign, published by Little, Brown She also wrote a play, Traitors, which was performed at the Drill Hall in London in 1985


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    1. To be honest, I have not knowingly read any articles by British journalist Melanie Phillips, either in The Guardian, the Observer or the Daily Mail, so I was interested to see what she had to say in her memoir, Guardian Angel.It begins with a chapter about her early life, which personally, I think was a traumatic experience which has probably had an enormous impact on her whole life and career. She was the only child of a Jewish couple, Alfred and Mabel and grew up knowing - rightly or wrongly - [...]

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    2. Guardian Angel is an autobiography penned by Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips. In an interesting conceptual move away from the traditional autobiography, it is focussed on only two aspects of her life: her changing relationship with her parents, and her political shift from writing for the left-wing Guardian to the right-wing Daily Mail. As it happens, I think that’s a pretty good concept. The way in which relationships with parents change over the course of a lifetime is a deeply persona [...]

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    3. This is a revealing memoir of a troubled childhood and a love-hate relationship with the left in Britain by a journalist, author.From the Guardian newspaper: Whatever would Melanie Phillips have done without the left? It has been her life's work to fight this many-headed hydra, hacking away tirelessly at its trendy teaching methods and loose morals and kooky environmentalism. But more than that, the heroic Phillips story depends not just on her vilification by the left but on leftwingers' suppos [...]

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    4. In a world where "fake news" has become a slogan, we do not need many reminders about the political polarization of news. However, this book describes the inner world of both a journalist and a leftist, and laments the enormous pressures placed on those in that position. A fascinating, if depressing, read.

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    5. I enjoyed this book and I like the person who wrote it ! It was a refreshing read , someone who is not afraid of speaking her truth. It is written in a simple but authoritative way. I esp enjoyed the chapters which spoke of her years with the Guardian paper, as a journalist. Journalism is not like it used to be and Melanie Phillips mapped out some of journalism's decline during those earlier years. Like her, or not, she clearly has a voice.

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    6. Most of what the author writes, I agree with. But I am taken aback by her whiny complaints about the state of the family. She blames individualism. I find this book as being against individualism, when in the US, most conservative thinkers are all about individualism. Perhaps this book is written from a British perspective, and that is why it criticizes individualism. It is otherwise an enjoyable book to read and insightful on the anti Semitic views found in British left wing thinking.

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    7. Phillips' analysis of the state of Britain today is topnotch. Not surprisingly she feels like a lone voice, a Cassandra, warning the country about its downward flight into anarchy and chaos, brought about by a Left that has put aside almost all traditional morality in favour of 'progressive' ideas, ideas that are ruining the country. Great book.

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    8. My review in full:haaretz/culture/emi

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