Barbara Fisher is from Birmingham but has lived in West-London for many years. She taught in Ealing for many years before entering the world of journalism at the suggestion of an editor who liked the weekly school’s page, which she wrote for the Uxbridge Gazette. She spent 20 years working for the paper, including spells as chief reporter and deputy news editor. She is now freelance but still writes a weekly column for Trinity Mirror. Barbara was shortlisted for the Edexcel Outstanding Educational Journalism Award in 2002 and was made an honorary fellow of Brunel University in 2005 for her community reporting. She has also written for the TES, My Weekly and the Guardian Family.
A funny, poignant and sometimes surprising memoir of how Barbara, a teacher, grew up in Birmingham before she ended up being kissed by a Pitbull, attacked by the BNP, and chased crashed planes in her second career as a full-time journalist in West London. Barbara reminds us of the glory days of the local press before the internet. Reporters really did get on their bikes (or in their old cars) to go to the police station to get stories, or rush to the scene of a local incident to speak to eye-witnesses. It was the only way to get the real stories – fake news hadn’t been invented.
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