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on 6 October 2015
Hanning provides a fascinating insight into phone hacking but I would have liked to have heard more from Mulcaire, as his quotes seem a little sparse.
Agree with the previous comment about proofing, some sections are very badly worded.
Overall, a good read. Sits well alongside Nick Davies' and Tom Watson's books.
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on 4 August 2014
Hacking news focuses again and again on Rupert Murdoch and grubby journalists. That is fine, but it doesn't lead to many surprises. What is brilliant about this book is that it does contain many surprises. The rot has spread elsewhere — it envelopes the police, the royals, politicians, MI5, all of them maintaining to uphold the rule of law yet bending it to their personal advantage. A must read.
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on 4 December 2014
Interesting but sloppy. The proof reader should have been sacked.
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on 12 April 2016
Absolutely brilliant book. A must read for everyone.
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on 4 March 2016
Excellent read ' good on you Glenn for being honest
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on 28 August 2014
A good read. Explains how widespread illegal practices were within the media. The sad thing is that despite The Leveson enquiry very little has changed. I wonder how long it will be before we have books of a similar nature exposing the practices of the media in 2014.
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on 22 July 2014
Mucking brilliant
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on 31 July 2014
This book gives a good basic review of how the hacking story unwound in relation to (in the main) the News of the World. Hoverer the book’s unique selling point is the viewpoint of Glenn Mulcaire, described on the cover of the book as a “Former News of the World private investigator”.

The rear of the book says the author has “gained exclusive access to Mulcaire and his family” and that viewpoint is indeed inserted into the book, but the method of doing so feels odd. Mulcaire comes across as a sort of ghostly offstage presence. Unsurprisingly that ghostly presence seeks to present a more positive context to what happened. While that presence does succeed in a presenting a good case to refute any link to one of the most egregious incidents much of the rest of this odd second hand pleading was interesting but unconvincing.

The best insight from the book is that clearly many folk involved believed that hacking could be defended with a public interest defence; however the book asserts that the law did not actually provide for that. The worst aspect of the book is that, in what one might charitably put down to the rush to get it in to print once legally possible to do so, there are many more typos and sentences that don’t quite make sense than one would expect in a book by such an accomplished journalist.
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on 3 January 2015
Fascinating read and help to make sense of the stories coming out at the time of the trial. I am a member of Hacked Off and they told me of its launch.
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on 1 October 2014
Poor Glenn Mulcaire. It seems he has been everyone's 'fall guy': utterly sinned against. This is his chance at last to tell his side of the story.
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