Alex Wade was born in London, grew up in Devon and lives in Cornwall. After studying at UEA, he became a lawyer, specializing in libel law and working for law firms, publishers and newspaper groups. He now combines his legal work with freelance journalism for the nationals. In his first novel, Flack’s Last Shift he uses his knowledge of Fleet Street to shine a light on the life of night lawyer at a national tabloid, blowing the lid on a world that, even post the Leveson trial, we know little about.
With newsroom twists and turns and a rare sense of absurdist wit, Flack’s Last Shift blurs fact and fiction. It is a deft portrayal of the newspaper world at a time of unprecedented change and upheaval. Next time you pick up a paper, you’ll think twice about how it’s ended up on the newsstand.
“Wickedly observant… this witty, pacey thriller is a portrait of newspapers at a time of mighty upheaval.” The Times
“Has the ring of psychological truth… deals sensitively with that most scary of questions: did I take the right decisions in my life?” Glasgow Herald
Alex will be discussing the news media post-Leveson, post-Trump and post-truth with Spitting Image satirist Peter Fluck.