Tuesday March 31, 2020

Crimean War stories haunt first embedded journalists

Told through two parallel narratives, The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin recounts the murky exploits of 19th century journalist Thomas Kitson, first as the London Courier’s junior correspondent in the Crimean War, then, three years later, as a

31st January, 2009

The Street Philosopher By Matthew Plampin HarperCollins, €17

Told through two parallel narratives, The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin recounts the murky exploits of 19th century journalist Thomas Kitson, first as the London Courier’s junior correspondent in the Crimean War, then, three years later, as a guilt wracked society writer - the titular street philosopher – in Victorian Manchester.

Assisted by naive newcomer Robert Styles, an idealistic illustrator, Kitson sets about exposing the...

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