The Man Who Never Sleeps

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: David Walker, Tom Bell
  • Publication Date: 28/03/2019
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912881000

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When media mogul Rupert Murdoch wanted to revolutionise Britain’s national newspaper industry, he turned to the indefatigable Tom Bell.

The infamous Wapping Dispute of the mid-1980s represented the biggest gamble of Murdoch’s career. He was hell-bent on freeing his News International business from the stranglehold of left wing activists. Success hinged on whether he could get tens of millions of newspapers past thousands of militant pickets. Tom Bell made it happen and earned himself the nickname ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’.

It was the end of Fleet Street and another chapter in the remarkable rise of a man born into poverty, but destined for the top. Based on a mantra of ‘work hard, play hard’, Tom Bell’s story is an inspirational tale of rags to riches and of a man who always delivered.

David Walker is an award-winning ex-news journalist who moved into the world of corporate communications, holding senior in-house roles at a number of FTSE 100 companies. His writing talents have won recognition, including Business Continuity Media Relations awards, a double win from the Institute of Interval Communications and a commendation for business strategy from Harvard Business School.

David worked alongside Tom Bell for more than seven years as Head of Communications for TNT UK & Ireland. He is presently Communications Director at Right Word Comms. This is his first book.

5 reviews for The Man Who Never Sleeps

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hughesy (verified owner)

    Excellent read a true story of what old fashion hard work can get you also had some light hearted moments in which having worked in the same organisation as the author I can relate to .
    The book was written with great factual detail especially around the issues relating to Wapping and I can honestly say for the first book to be written in the style it is a great credit to the Author

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Val Waring (verified owner)

    In an age where there are so many biographies of “celebrities” it’s winderfully refreshing to read one based on the life of “a normal working man”.

    Loved the style of writing – I felt at times like I was in the rooms with Bell,Murdoch et al or even on the trips to Australia!

    It’s an excellent read all round. I remember the Wapping scenario playing out but it was interesting reading the story from the TNT side of things.

    The work ethic of Tom Bell is emphasised throughout – and quite rightly so in my opinion.

    I loved the chapters relating to his charity work and am it ashamed to say I read parts of it through blurred vision.

    If you enjoyed the biographies of Duncan Bannantyne,John Bird and the like then this one will certainly be up your street.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Val Waring (verified owner)

    In an age when every other book on the biographies shelf seems to be about s “celebrity” – what a refreshing change to read about “a real person”.

    From his more than humble beginnings in Scotland Tom Bell decided he wanted more from life and wanted to make something of himself – and didn’t he just.

    I well remember the Wapping scenario playing out – but it’s very interesting to read it from the other side of the coin as it were.

    I loved the style of writing throughout the book – just the right amount of humour injected into a full on career in one of the most cut throat industries.

    Tom Bell seems to be a remarkable man – in terms of his work ethics, his achievements within his industries but also within his charitable work.

    If you read biographies and you’ve read and enjoyed the likes of Duncan Bannantyne and John Bird this will be right up your street.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Bell (verified owner)

    Having just finished the book, it feels like it gets Tom’s personality across and is written in a quick witted style. The historical events of a period of huge growth for TNT Express with Tom at the helm are accurately portrayed and shows the humility of Tom in recognising the effort of (nearly) all that worked for him in making both the business a success and also the success of the fund raising for the Wooden Spoon Charity.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Atkinson (verified owner)

    Extremely well written and obviously from the heart of “The Man Who Never Sleeps”. The book reminds me so much of my own happy upbringing in the 1950s – painting pictures in my mind of the frost on the inside of the windows, a tin bath in front of the fire and coats on the bed in the cold winters. Tom Bell spells out what can be achieved by pure hard work, bringing like minded people together with a single focus of being the best and sheer bloody mindedness. A great read and so emotional, a blue print and inspiration for what young people can achieve with the right attitude.

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