The Paper Chase: The Printer, the Spymaster, and the Hunt for the Rebel Pamphleteers
Longlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown
"A remarkable achievement" Spectator
In the summer of 1705, a masked woman knocked on the door of a London printer's workshop. She did not leave her name, only a package and the promise of protection.
Soon after, an anonymous pamphlet was quietly distributed in the backstreets of the city. Entitled The Memorial of the Church of England , the argument it proposed threatened to topple the government. Fearing insurrection, parliament was in turmoil and government minister Robert Harley launched a hunt for all of those involved. The printer was eventually named, but could not be found...
In this breakneck political adventure, Joseph Hone shows us a nation in crisis through the story of a single incendiary document.
"An elegant blend of scholarship and detection" Peter Moore, author of Endeavour
"Enthralling" London Review of Books
"An exciting story told with vigour" Adrian Tinniswood, Literary Review
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