When media mogul Rupert Murdoch wanted to revolutionise Britain’s national newspaper industry, he turned to the indefatigable Tom Bell.
The infamous Wapping Dispute of the mid-1980s represented the biggest gamble of Murdoch’s career. He was hell-bent on freeing his News International business from the stranglehold of left-wing activists. Success hinged on whether he could get tens of millions of newspapers past thousands of militant pickets. Tom Bell made it happen and earned himself the nickname ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’.
It was the end of Fleet Street and another chapter in the remarkable rise of a man born into poverty but destined for the top. Based on a mantra of ‘work hard, play hard’, Tom Bell’s story is an inspirational tale of rags to riches and of a man who always delivered.
Tom Bell was also the powerhouse behind fundraising efforts resulting in more than £3m in donations to bring positive change to the lives of tens of thousands of mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children, exploits that ultimately earned him a date with the Queen and an OBE.
David Walker is an award-winning ex-journalist who moved into the world of corporate communications, holding senior in-house roles at a number of FTSE 100 companies. He worked alongside Tom Bell for more than seven years as Head of Communications for TNT UK & Ireland and was a key figure in the company’s corporate and social responsibility programmes. This is his first book.