The Napoleon of Fleet Street

The Chief: the Life of Lord Northcliffe by Andrew Roberts (Simon & Schuster, £25/€29.00) In Ulysses, James Joyce refers to “Harmsworth of the farthing press”. He thereby denigrates the great achievement of Alfred Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe, in creating the first mass circulation newspaper in these islands – the Daily Mail, launched in London in 1896. It was…