Welcome to “A MUSING” by Colin McClatchie

Colin McClatchie’s memoirs are a fascinating insight into many aspects of his long and variable career. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, he grew up in an already divided country and was there to witness the early years of ‘The Troubles’.

His ‘warts and all’ reflections on that period provide a sometimes controversial account of events. In his successful career in the newspaper industry, he worked for three of the Press Barons of the 20th century: Roy Thomson, Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch. He was at the heart of one of the last great tabloid newspaper battles between the Daily Record and The Scottish Sun. Having built the Daily Record to an all-time sales high, he was fired by David Montgomery (a fellow Ulsterman) and joined News International shortly afterwards. During his ten years there, he established The Scottish Sun as market leader, seriously damaging the Daily Record in the process.

In a non-executive career he was Chairman of Scottish Opera and a number of other organisations and also ran his own consultancy and mentoring business. His account of this period is no less controversial and pulls no punches in his dealings with many public figures.

‘A MUSING’ is a hard hitting and naturally highly amusing account of his life.



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Anon !

“An excellent book. Such a thorough account.  Real insight into the world of media and much more beside

Professor Gordon Masterton OBE, University of Edinburgh

“Clear, concise, conversational prose – a terrific read.  I found it hard to put down.  A marvellous work – and it is certainly very ‘amusing'”

Jack Perry CBE

“In the newspaper world the book represents an important piece of social history, and provides great insight into that area of business”

Professor Sean McKee, University of Strathclyde.

“Your book has turned all my intended ‘in bed by ten’ plans into ‘jeez, is that midnight already?’ as i find myself reading yet another chapter…….

Allan Boyd, HR Director, Morris and Spottiswood

“Seriously interesting – for lots of reasons.  Not often will you meet someone who’s met Maxwell, Murdoch, Blair, Pavarotti, The Queen and ……… Arkle”

Ian Steele, C.A.