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The Fleet Street Sewer Rat Hardcover – 27 Feb 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Artnik (27 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903906156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903906156
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Fleet Street Sewer Rat is a remarkable true story about a bizarre, surreal character who in four years broke more major news stories than most reporters do in a lifetime. But Benji the Binman stole the documents that were behind the stories.

He said of one his arrests, when the police downplayed his offences:
‘Well that of course was the biggest scandal of all ’cos otherwise the whole of Fleet Street would have had to be in the dock with me, and I don’t think there’s enough room.’

Max Clifford: ‘Benjamin Pell is no ordinary person by any stretch of the imagination.’

John McVicar: ‘Meeting Pell for the first time is like going down to beach for a swim and being confronted with a tsunami – most people just want to get out the cross and the garlic, and head for the high ground.’

From the Author

the muckraker who
got rich scavenging
celebrities’ binbags

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A frustratingly interesting book that covers a fairly known "Fleet Street Legend". Yet the book is a poor execution, needing a good editor to shine and polish the text. It is like reading a poorly translated legal text with many errors, poor structures and just zzzzzz..

I feel more "angry" that this interesting, important subject has been rendered quite impotent due to the poor production or packaging of the text. There are not many books I give up with along the way, sadly this is one of them.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Little hair man on 23 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am about halfway though, and it is a bit of a struggle. The writing is rather stilted, and does not flow easily - this is because the narative is based almost exclusively on interviews and video recordings of Benji Pell, the Sewer Rat of the title; little further research seems to have been done by the author.
In addition, the production is dreadful; typos everywhere, and phrases that jar because they don't make sense ("Pell gave a similar account, saying which he filmed outside London Records." I beg your pardon?).
The author goes overboard with his annotations, perhaps because his only research is other people's. For example, when he states that 'Benjamin Pell was born on December 23rd 1963...' he references his birth certificate! Come on, this is ridiculous.
All in all, the story merited more research, better writing and better production values (particularly for a hardback).
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