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I Love Mondays: The autobiography of Sir Alec Reed CBE by Judi Bevan, Alec Reed

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CHAPTER 18Publish and be damned: the Mail on Sunday and me

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL EARLY SUMMER’S EVENING on Saturday 7 June 2003, but I remember that weekend as one of the worst of my life. While we were having supper, a thief entered my study in Little Compton and stole my laptop. The barking of our dogs did not alert us and it seemed the laptop was all that he wanted. In any case, although nobody was prosecuted, the evidence suggested that the thief had driven for an hour to travel 40 miles from Gloucester, where he lived, passing many villages like ours on the way.

The next morning the Mail on Sunday ran a front-page story about me. It covered the top half of the page, accompanied by a huge photograph of me. It was not complimentary. ‘Blair donor ...

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