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Our violence-loving television news services in particular have become the main catalyst of the rioting on our streets, Davies shows, and in relation to the student riots in Whitehall the only question to ask is: What role did televion play in them? And is it not now clear that television cameras always set up a platform on our streets on which the loonies of the nation are keen to perform?
In a just world the police in Whitehall should have kettled the media. Even the seeming madness of the suicide bomber begins to make sense when seen in the context of a media which rewards his carnage with global publicity while also drawing attention to his cause. If you want to get a headline, get a bomb or a gun or, failing that, a big knife. Give me a nice, juicy murder, particularly of a celebrity, and I'll instantly reward you with worldwide and even eternal fame. Also the events of the Arab Spring take us directly to the meaning and message of the black rain.
The Reporter's Tale
is a global adventure story about the life of Tom Davies
which begins when he is a young teacher with Voluntary Service Overseas in North Malaya and a book he is writing, full of perverted sex and violence, blows up on him and he sees visions of a world under attack by artists such as himself.
In a final vision in Penang he sees the blue sky being ripped apart and black dots falling out of it, slowly at first and then hurriedly. The black rain. Thereafter he takes his new insights on a long journey as a top reporter and award-winning writer, first discovering in Belfast that his Malayan visions have been made flesh and that a media, obsessed by violence, is the cause of so much of the disorder there. The media, he reports, has become the mother and father of modern terrorism, endowing such as the IRA and now the Taliban with disproportionate power and importance merely because they offer violence.
Here the world's media - helped by Facebook and Twitter - first began feeding on the self-
immolation of a Tunisian street trader before spawning revolution after revolution in neighbouring countries. They all suddently wanted freedom and democracy, we were told. But all that really happened was that many protestors were half-
crazed by watching too much television news as each service, particularly Al-Jazeera, spooled out violent imagery on an almost 24-hour loop - mostly from footage downloaded from their viewers' mobile phones.
Written with words of fire and drawing its inspiration from a glittering dynasty of great Welsh preachers in their wooden pulpits, this is a book written in righteous wrath by a man who has seen visions of a world in uproar and cannot turn his back on them. God is wounded and in great pain, desperate to talk to us again. He can no longer stay silent as he sees us all under attack and dying in a long season of black rain.
No one anywhere will be unmoved or untroubled by Tom Davies' description of a great tide of evil which is flooding the world, destroying our values and turning violence into the very oxygen we are all now breathing.
The Reporter's Tale : the verdicts -
JAN MORRIS, writer -
How utterly fascinating I found The Reporter's Tale! What a life! What an epiphany! I am astonished by the profligacy of detail - inner and outer - and by Tom Davies' command of his own meanings.
IAN JACK, Guardian columnist and former
editor of Granta -
'Steel worker's son, gossip columnist, coalyard owner, novelist, travel writer, religious visionary. Tom Davies' voyage through the last 60 years in The Reporter's Tale is as strange and compelling as the Book of Revelation.'
MAX BOYCE, MBE, entertainer -
I found The Reporter's Tale both disturbing and thought-provoking. Berwyn Mountain Press is to be congratulated on keeping the faith with one of Wales's most passionate and creative writers.
STEVE DUBE, Western Mail -
This is a packed and passionate book from a man who kissed the Blarney Stone and found God talking to him.
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THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING
The Reporter's Tale
, a trade paperback of 450 pages, is published and distributed by Berwyn Mountain Press which is based at Tan Yr Hall, 58 High Street, Bala LL23 7AB
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