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    DescriptionSatirist William Hone is the forgotten hero of the British press. In 1817, he was forced to defend himself against a censorious government, in what amounted to a show trial pitting a self-educated "Fleet Street" journalist against the Lord Chief Justice and a hand-picked jury. Hone's crime was to ridicule the powers that be. Through Hone's life, Ben Wilson looks at the history of the struggle for free expression against repressive law.

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    The Laughter of Triumph
    William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 375 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571224715
    ISBN 10: 0571224717

    BIC E4L: POL
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
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    BISAC V2.8: POL004000
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    20 April 2006
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    Author Information
    Ben Wilson was born in 1980, and studied history at Pembroke College, Cambridge as an undergraduate and graduate. He has worked as a researcher for Professor David Starkey's TV series The Monarchy. He lives in East London
    Review quote
    "'Wonderfully stirring. The tale Wilson has to tell is so exciting, and the bravura with which he recounts it so infectious, that his case becomes irresistible.' Guardian 'Ben Wilson may be only 25, but he is already an exceptional talent.' Observer 'This excellent biography is a timely reminder of the astonishing power of the press in the hands of a single free, fearless, and long-since forgotten practitioner.' Daily Telegraph"