light on its grubbiest corner. Tabloids and broadsheets alike may be fearless
in exposing the antics of the rich, the famous and the powerful, yet they
would rather this particular "stone" be left unturned. For underneath this
stone in the pit of the gutter lie some tawdry and questionable
The books central character is Benjamin Pell, better known as "Benji
the Binman". He made his fortune and became infamous by raiding the
rubbish of lawyers and other professional advisers to famous clients and then
selling documents he scavenged to the Press and others. Mohamed Al Fayed and
Sir Richard Branson are among those who also received the "fruits" of his
labours. Sir Elton John, All Saints, Robbie Williams, Jonathan Aitken, Neil
Hamilton as well as, er, Mohammed Al Fayed and Sir Richard Branson, are among
the long list of famous people who fell victim to his nocturnal prowling. A
thief, a cheat and a liar Pell, who is possessed of a formidable intelligence,
lives on the edge of madness. A High Court judge described his method of
making a living as "despicable" and "contemptible".
The book exposes his activities and lifts the lid off cheque book journalism
in Britain at its very best, its very worst, and at its most hilarious.
Based on taped interviews with Benjamin Pell.
Foreword by John McVicar.