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The News from Waterloo

The News from Waterloo

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ISBN
9780571315253
Published
30/04/2015
9780571315253
Format
Hardback
Price
£16.99
Paperback
352

About the Book

The Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon in 1815 at Waterloo ensured British dominance for the rest of the nineteenth century. It took three days and two hours for word to travel from Belgium in a form that people could rely upon.

This is a tragi-comic midsummer's tale that begins amidst terrible carnage and weaves through a world of politics and military convention, enterprise and roguery, frustration, doubt and jealousy, to end spectacularly in the heart of Regency society at a grand soirée in St James's Square after feverish journeys by coach and horseback, a Channel crossing delayed by falling tides and a flat calm, and a final dash by coach and four from Dover to London.

At least five men were involved in bringing the news or parts of it to London, and their stories are fascinating. Brian Cathcart, a brilliant storyteller and historian, has visited the battlefield, travelled the messengers' routes, and traced untapped British, French and Belgian records. This is a strikingly original perspective on a key moment in British history.

The Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon in 1815 at Waterloo ensured British dominance for the rest of the nineteenth century. It took three days and two hours for word to travel from Belgium in a form that people could rely upon. This is a tragi-comic midsummer's tale that begins amidst terrible carnage and weaves through a world of politics and military convention, enterprise and roguery, frustration, doubt and jealousy, to end spectacularly in the heart of Regency society at a grand soirée in St James's Square after feverish journeys by coach and horseback, a Channel crossing delayed by falling tides and a flat calm, and a final dash by coach and four from Dover to London. At least five men were involved in bringing the news or parts of it to London, and their stories are fascinating. Brian Cathcart, a brilliant storyteller and historian, has visited the battlefield, travelled the messengers' routes, and traced untapped British, French and Belgian records. This is a strikingly original perspective on a key moment in British history.
  • Brian Cathcart

    Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and a founder of Hacked Off. He has been deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday, assistant editor of the New Statesman and specialist adviser to the Commons Select Committee on media, culture and sport. He is also an historian. His books include The Fly in the Cathedral: How a small group of Cambridge scientists won the race to split the atom; Jill Dando, Her Life and Death; and The Case of Stephen Lawrence, the definitive account of the notorious racist murder, which won the Orwell Prize and the CWA Gold Dagger Award.

“Brian Cathcart's vastly entertaining narrative marries the scepticism of an investigative journalist with a dramatist's gift for suspense. Four desperate men rowing a boat in the open sea! Post-chaises thundering along the country roads! How dull by comparison are our smug digital days where news comes - and goes - at the speed of light.”
- Sir Harold Evans
“A fascinating eye-opener into one of the most significant moments in British history, well researched and written in an exuberant style.”
- Sir Tony Robinson

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