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The Paper Chase by Joseph Hone

The Paper Chase: The Printer, the Spymaster, and the Hunt for the Rebel Pamphleteers

Joseph Hone

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 5 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781784743062

The printer was not the only villain, though, and Harley had to find the unknown writers who wished to bring the government down. Full of original research, The Paper Chase tears through the backstreets of London and its corridors of power as Edwards's allegiances waver and Harley's grasp on parliament threatens to slip.

5 stars out of 5
28 Nov 2020

"as gripping as any historical thriller"

The broad contours of this narrative, and the identity of the individuals implicated in it, will be familiar to those students of 18th-century literature who have read J.A. Downie’s canonical Robert Harley and the Press (1979). But what Hone adds to Downie’s account is a bibliographer’s feel for 18th-century books and manuscripts —his expert knowledge of how books were made and brought into being is worn very lightly — as well as an eye for detail and sense of narrative drive worthy of a fiction writer.