Author(s): Jenny Lynch
Former editor Jenny Lynch takes the wraps off the unreported side of life in print, explodes myths, unearths secrets and shows that even on seemingly conservative publications such as the New Zealand Woman's Weekly things were seldom exactly as they seemed. Her memoir, aptly titled "Under the Covers", is a revealing account of what went on behind the closed doors of various editorial offices and newsrooms during one of the most colourful periods in magazine and newspaper history. Lynch's 30-year path to her top job was full of drama and off-beat activities. But nothing she had experienced before she became editor of the Weekly prepared her for the challenges that lay ahead. Indeed, the magazine's battle for dominance in what became known as The Magazine Wars was fought against a backdrop of management turbulence and ownership changes. Peppered with the names of those who have touched the author's life, including the famous and the fleeting, "Under the Covers" will appeal to everyone who enjoys reading about the ever-changing world of print media.
Jenny Lynch is a former journalist whose colourful career in and out of magazines spanned more than thirty years and included work as an actress, photographic model, television production assistant and 'Bunny' at the Melbourne Playboy. She was educated at Epsom Girls' Grammar in Auckland, and in Moorhead Minnesota at Moorhead Senior High and Concordia College where she was an honour roll student. She then worked on a Canadian newspaper and in television in Australia. On her return to New Zealand in 1963 she joined the Weekly News, followed by the Sunday Herald and later Thursday magazine. Although principally a feature writer, she gained wide experience in other magazine roles. At various times she was a columnist, fashion writer, theatre critic, photo retoucher and layout designer. In 1977 she became assistant editor on the New Zealand Woman's Weekly and editor in1987. She led the magazine for seven years. Jenny Lynch is the author of three previous non-fiction books all published in association with the Woman's Weekly. She lives with her husband Gavin Ellis and cat Rufus in Auckland.