- 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: 1,102,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fleet Street Sewer Rat Hardcover – 27 Feb 2005
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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 dont think theres 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).