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‘No view on it’

Paul Foot, 22 October 1992

Nuclear Ambiguity: The Vanunu Affair 
by Yoel Cohen.
Sinclair-Stevenson, 297 pp., £10.99, July 1992, 1 85619 150 8
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... for him, afterwards, a new life which would put him out of Mossad’s reach. Deputy Editor Ivan Fallon admits in this book that he and his colleagues were ‘naive’. But naivety was not all. Fallon goes on: ‘To Israel, Vanunu was a traitor, and we took no view on it. We didn’t feel very easy that ...

Soft Touches

Mary Goldring, 1 September 1983

DeLorean: The Rise and Fall of a Dream-Maker 
by Ivan Fallon and James Srodes.
Hamish Hamilton, 418 pp., £8.95, July 1983, 0 241 11087 4
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... Among phrases that stay in the mind, a chairman of Rolls-Royce saying: ‘We don’t make cars, we’re not part of the motor industry. We’re in the toy business, making toys for big boys.’ John DeLorean intended to do the same: to build a sports car of polished steel for, as he put it, ‘the horny bachelor who’s made it’. But the toy market is demanding and capricious and the car failed to please ...


Sean French: Fortress Wapping, 6 March 1986

... Sunday afternoon the Arts Editor John Whitley phones me at home. The Sunday Times Deputy Editor, Ivan Fallon, has given the Literary department a bit of a shake-up. The new Literary Editor is Penny Perrick, not hitherto known for her expertise in this field. The new Deputy Literary Editor (I had assumed it was still my job) is Nigella Lawson. I am to be ...

Dashing for Freedom

Paul Foot, 12 December 1996

Full Disclosure 
by Andrew Neil.
Macmillan, 481 pp., £20, October 1996, 0 333 64682 7
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... to change. As early as page 110 the phrase ‘macho-management’ suddenly emerges to confuse us. Ivan Fallon, Neil’s deputy, who is described as a ‘gentle soul’, observes Murdoch rushing round the corridors of Wapping, yelling at everyone to ‘get the fucking newspaper out’ and concludes nervously: ‘that man inspires by fear.’ Chapter ...
... in favour of a relatively inexperienced newcomer to the paper, Melvyn Marckus, a protégé of Ivan Fallon, formerly Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and now Assistant Editor of the Sunday Times. Rowland thinks well of Fallon. One editorial appointment over which the editor reluctantly gave way to ...

Taste, Tact and Racism

Ian Hamilton: The death of Princess Diana, 22 January 1998

Assassination of a Princess 
by Ahmad Ata.
Dar Al-Huda, 75 pp., £5, September 1997, 977 5340 23 3
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Diana: A Princess Killed by Love 
by Ilham Sharshar.
Privately published, 125 pp., £10, September 1998, 977 5190 95 9
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Who Killed Diana? 
by Muhammad Ragab.
Privately published, 127 pp., £5, September 1998, 977 08 0675 7
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Harrods: A Place in Knightsbridge 
by Tim Dale.
Harrods, 224 pp., £35, November 1995, 1 900055 01 5
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... Harrods takeover, the same story – give or take a crumpet – was still solidly intact. Ivan Fallon in the Sunday Times wrote of the al-Fayeds’ ‘disdain for the nouveaux-riches of the Arab world’. The al-Fayeds had ‘delicately pointed out that their family lived in some luxury when even the Saudi royal family lived in tents in the ...

Museums of Melancholy

Iain Sinclair: Silence on the Euston Road, 18 August 2005

... And there is one thing more: ‘We will employ experts to reinstate the name of Mr Alexander Fallon on the plaque, previously identified as unnamed victim.’ Fires, rail crashes, bombs and blitzes: the mainline stations, unconsciously, have become our museums of melancholy. With the passage of time, monuments lose their original function, of giving ...

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