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Francis was determined to be a journalist from an early age and his first job on leaving school was as an office boy on the Guardian. He was one of the founding journalists on the Independent and has written for most national newspapers, particularly the Independent, the Observer and the Guardian where his 'Wheen's World' column won the What the Papers Say Columnist of the Year award in Francis has written for Private Eye for more than twenty years and acts as the magazine's deputy editor.
He has also been a regular columnist for the London Evening Standard. From to he was married to Joan Smithcolumnist, novelist and activist. Francis's first book was a TV tie in history of the s. His first biography, of the scandalous gossip columnist and Labour MP, Tom Dribergwas shortlisted for the Whitbread prize and his second - a biography of Karl Marx - was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the W.
He is a patron of the Essex Book Festival. Francis was not consulted about this and felt extremely angry that he was not given the opportunity to justify his work.
As a journalist he believes passionately in the importance of holding public figures to account for their actions - and also the importance of checking facts and telling the truth. In his introduction to Hoo-hahs he expresses his belief that "journalism involves telling people things they couldn't have found out for themselves.
Now he wonders about a novelHis collected journalism, Hoo-hahs and Passing Frenzies, won him the Orwell Prize in He has also been a regular columnist for the London Evening Standard. In April , Wheen suffered the loss of his entire book collection, his "life's work", and an unfinished novel, in a garden shed fire.
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