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Publisher buys book on former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck’s ‘sensational scoops’

By William Turvill

Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck (pictured, Reuters) is to have a book on his "sensational scoops" published.

Thurlbeck was sentenced to six months in prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to phone-hacking and was released on 12 August after serving 37 days behind bars.

Tabloid Secrets is described by literary agent Andrew Lownie as “a fascinating, swashbuckling insight into some of the biggest and most sensational scoops” by Thurlbeck. It has been bought by Biteback Publishing.

“For 25 years, Neville served up some of the most famous headlines and he reveals for the first time how he broke his award winning stories which thrilled, excited and sometimes infuriated the nation,” Andrew Lownie says.

“The book is laced with drama, fun, humour and occasional tragedy and gives a candid first hand account of a cavalier, barn-storming Fleet Street which has vanished for good.”

According to the literary agent, Tabloid Secrets will reveal details of stories about Jeffrey Archer, David Beckham, Robin Cook, Max Mosley, Chirs Huhne and Gordon Brown.

“The book takes us through some frightening and dark, undercover work, exposing drug dealers, killers – and a devil worshipping police officer,” the Andrew Lownie website says.

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“His work for MI5 and the National Criminal Intelligence Service help make this a vivid, entertaining insight into a corner of Fleet Street which is suddenly no more.”

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