Nigel Dempster and the Death of Discretion : The Life and Legacy of the World's Greatest Gossip Hardback
by Tim Willis
For many people Dempster's Diary was the Mail. His page, with its scurrilous revelations about the great, the good, and the not-so good, was the only one to read.
Bursting on to the national stage in the Seventies, in his kipper ties and too-tight suits, Dempster was the people's cad - exposing the infidelities of Harold Pinter and Lady Antonia Fraser or James Goldsmith and Annabel Birley, paying tipsters like the bouffant Lord Lichfield with crates of champagne.
He was a consummate journalist, too, breaking such then-huge stories as the collapse of Princess Margaret's marriage and the resignation of Harold Wilson.
But for all his convivial charm and canny ability to infiltrate the smart set, Dempster led a strangely isolated life.
Marred by broken relationships and a dependence on drink, its ending was both pitiful and inspiring.
In this riveting study of a man and his milieu, Tim Willis treats Dempster's bibulous journey through old Fleet Street and Society as a tragi-comic romp. And through it, he provides a portrait of a changing world.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 249 pages
- Publisher: Short Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/10/2010
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9781906021849