A REDDITCH author is reveling in the success of his new autobiography based on the UK newspaper industry.
Webheath resident David Walker, in his new book ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’, details the relationship between Tom Bell and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
It was Mr Bell who Murdoch turned to when he took on the might of the print unions in the infamous ‘Wapping Dispute’ during the 1980s.
Murdoch was hell-bent on freeing his News International business from the stranglehold of left-wing activists.
The pair eventually managed to ‘free’ the British national press during a violent and bitter year-long conflict.
“Tom Bell was the mastermind who ensured tens of millions of newspapers were transported past thousands of militant pickets,” said author David, ” and made sure they were delivered to homes up and down the country.”
It’s how he earned himself the nickname ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’.
David added: “It was the end of Fleet Street and another chapter in the remarkable rise of a man born into poverty, but destined for riches.”
Mr Bell was also the catalyst for raising £3million to help physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged children throughout the UK, including Worcestershire.
It earned him recognition and an OBE from the Queen.