Harold Evans, who has died aged 92, lived a life of two halves, almost two distinct lives. In his first life, he was the Manchester lad who grew up to be the most famous and most admired newspaper editor of his generation in Britain.

His second life was as an exile in New York, rich and fashionable, successful as the president of the powerful Random House publishing company, but sometimes outshone in the world of the Manhattan glitterati by his second wife, the magazine editor Tina Brown.