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First rocketing to fame when he `purchased' a 13-year-old girl as part of a campaign against child prostitution, W. T. Stead was the pioneer of investigative reporting. As criminal convict, Puritan, sex fanatic, occultist, social reformer and stuntman, Stead's notoriety escalated throughout his life until his tragic death in the Titanic disaster.
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W. SYDNEY ROBINSON is a historian and journalist. He lives in Cambridge.

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'Closely researched and briskly written, Robinson's admirably thoughtful and economical biography does an excellent job of explaining one of the most extraordinary individuals in journalistic history.' Sunday Times 'A timely, well-written biography of the brilliant, flawed Victorian journalist.' Daily Mail 'A lively and laconic biography.' London Review of Books 'In this remarkably timely and entertaining biography, W. Sydney Robinson tells the story of British newspapers through the life of a man who, the historian argues, was also Britain's first investigative journalist... Equally fascinating are the insights into his personal life.' The Times 'Will Robinson presents new material about Stead's life taken from his personal papers, previously suppressed by his wife, and gives us a rounded portrait of this father of journalistic campaigning. Even if you're not interested in the rise of investigative reporting, this is a remarkable story and worth a read.' Your Family Tree

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