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Chatto buys phone-hacking exposé
22.07.11 | Graeme Neill
Chatto & Windus has signed a book by the Guardian journalist who revealed the News of the World hacked the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Senior editor Poppy Hampson bought UK & Commonwealth rights to Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with the World's Most Powerful Man by Nick Davies from Jonathan Pegg.
In 2009, Davies broke the story of how Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp had paid £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to uncover phone-hacking at the News of the World. The book will be about the revelations since then. Chatto & Windus described it as "the fullest and most authoritative commentary, including new revelations, on the seismic shocks affecting an international media empire and what is already being called Britain’s biggest political scandal in 75 years".
Hampson said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be publishing this book - it's the one book on this subject that we will all be waiting to read: definitive, explosive, essential and ground-breaking. I can think of no one better placed to write it."
Publishing director Clara Farmer said: "As the David who took on News Corp’s Goliath, Nick Davies is THE man to write about the extraordinary consequences of the phone-hacking scandal for the media, politics and policing. The landscape is changing profoundly, and Nick Davies is its most tenacious and brilliant topographer. We are exceptionally proud to welcome him back to Chatto with this book."
The book is expected be published in late 2012. C&W previously published Davies' Flat Earth News.