More Thrills than Skills – A Half-life in Journalism, Part 69

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More Thrills than Skills: A Half-life in Journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

These days, such books are ten a penny but in the mid-1970s this was still controversial and highly original publishing. I encouraged Tuppy to rewrite it for the British market with a new title, Take Me I’m Yours: A Guide to Feminine Psychology. The brilliant title came to me in the bath one day as a tune with the lilting line ‘take me I’m yours’ came over on the radio. This was, of course, long before the days political correctness intruded upon the scene.

Tuppy did a good job with it and we went off to Frankfurt to the Book Fair and proceeded to whip up enthusiasm for the book.

On day three, a new publisher, Mirror Books, part of the Robert Maxwell empire, offered a