Bad News, my latest book, is a popular guide that helps you make sense of the news wherever it appears – print, broadcast or online.
Peppered with examples from around the world, the book turns a serious subject into an enjoyable read.
You will learn as you are entertained. You will discover all the tricks you need to work out whether to trust a story based on an anonymous source, when big numbers are really small and when small numbers are really big, why you should ignore what appears behind someone on the TV and much more.
You’ll even learn why you should always read stories in the Daily Mail backwards, when to beware of stories about cats and when correlation is causation.
But you will also learn how ill-suited the news is to understanding and interpreting the modern world, even when it comes from honest journalists working for reputable outlets.
The news has a role, but you will learn how to ensure you don’t confuse enjoying the news with understanding the world.