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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (20 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571224717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571224715
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'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"

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The Laughter of Triumph: William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press, by Ben Wilson, examines the forgotten hero of the British press, and the story of his struggle for free expression against repressive law.

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By Dev B on 1 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book.

Quite why William Hone is not better known today I cannot fathom. His victories over the Establishment, in the form of the ruthless Lord Ellenborough who presided over what were intended to be 3 show trials in the Guildhall, are a seminal juncture in the development of a free press in the UK. He was a popular hero of the highest order for a little while; now he seems to be almost entirely forgotten.

The book is well researched, well written and carefully referenced. There is plenty of scene setting to put the trials in context as well as a follow up of Hone's life afterward. Unfortunately Hone's later life follows a, perhaps, predictably depressing course but there you go.

Anyone with an interest in freedom of speech, political liberty or even just Georgian London should have a look at this.
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