|The Life and Times of John Walter II
John Walter II (1776-1847) was controller of The Times newspaper for 44 years. As a qualified Master Printer he introduced the world’s first steam presses, an overnight strategy that outflanked his mutinous printers. He can rightly be called one of the most remarkable men of the 19th century and this book frames him in the context of a remarkable period in British history.
Christopher McKane was born in 1946 and educated at New College, Oxford, where he read Classics. He retired in 2011 after thirty years with The Times and eight with The Independent, as sub-editor, night editor, picture editor and deputy managing editor. He is a Past Master Stationer
To be reviewed by The Times. Foreword by John Witherow, Editor, The Times.
‘The book is absolutely terrific, if I may say so. I started meaning to dip in and skim, and have ended up reading it. A real work of serious social history – informative and hugely entertaining (and sometimes very funny).’