Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant, 1789-1837

Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant, 1789-1837


By (author) Ben Wilson

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 36mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571224695
  • ISBN 13: 9780571224692
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 557,676

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Brilliant young historian Ben Wilson explores a time when licentious Britain tried to straighten out its moral code, ridding itself of its boisterous pastimes, plain-speaking and drunkenness - raising uncomfortable but fascinating parallels with our own age. "Decency and Disorder" is about the generation who grew up during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, and some of its most exciting figures.

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Author information

Ben Wilson was born in 1980 and studied history at Pembroke College, Cambridge. The Observer said of him on the publication of his first book, The Laughter of Triumph: William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press: 'Ben Wilson may only be twenty-five, but he is already an exceptional talent.

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"'Wilson has a flair amounting almost to genius...' Observer"