Lamb’s Tales from the “Telegraph”

Press Club vice-president John Lamb’s journalistic ambitions have taken him from being a copy-boy (and making endless cups of tea) on the “Coventry Evening Telegraph” to holding down high-profile jobs in Fleet Street, (becoming assistant editor of the “Telegraph” in the process)

Today he is the influential Press & PR Director at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.  But his Coventry roots are as strong as ever – so much so that he has written a book, “Telegraph People,” which traces the characters who worked in the city centre over a period of two decades.

He also reveals why Coventry City FC, known as the Sky Blues, once banned the “Telegraph,” writes about a champion tipster who rarely went racing, how he became the office “fireman”  and – shock, horror – discloses why the tea lady nearly quit!

Birmingham Press Club is holding a book launch on Thursday, 26 September at Bank Restaurant, Brindley Place, Birmingham (6 pm).

If you want to come along to the launch and question John on his “Telegraph” revelations, as well as purchasing a copy of his book, then please acknowledge your attendance (first come, first served) by e-mailing

If you can’t attend but still want to buy a copy of “Telegraph People” then you can order at Amazon. ISBN 978-1-908837-12-7. £10.95

Dan Harrison, Press & PR Manager at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, has recorded a podcast with John. Here’s the link: