The Laughter of Triumph: William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press

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Faber & Faber, 2006 - Freedom of the press - 452 pages
Satirist 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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William Hone just happens to be my gt gt gt gt grandfather (one of them anyway). I've always been aware of him as a fairly minor literary figure in early 19th century England (he knew Charles Dickens ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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

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