The first full “uncensored” account of the phone hacking trial by journalist Peter Jukes is to be published within weeks, Canbury Press announced today.
Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial will be speedily released in e-book format by the end of July 2014.
Jukes was named Britain’s best social media journalist for his live-tweeting of the trial at London’s Old Bailey.
Over eight months the prosecution delved deep into the News of the World and the Sun – and found widespread criminality, intrusion and bullying. But the behind-the-scenes legal battles and personal dramas were the subject of reporting restrictions.
Beyond Contempt will contain all the action the media was legally barred from publishing.
Jukes, who funded his live-tweeting from public donations, said: “Now that the verdicts are in, this book will go beyond the restrictions imposed on the media by the Contempt of Court Act, hence its title.
“If you want to know how Rebekah Brooks came to be acquitted and Andy Coulson convicted, this is the book for you.”
Martin Hickman, founder of Canbury Press, the book’s publisher, said: “The Murdoch press has already started to kick back against the trial, using a bogus £100 figure to claim it was a waste of money.
“As the judge acknowledged, the case was important for British justice – and there was a lot more going on than the public was told.”
Beyond Contempt will be sold in four formats:
• A quick release e-book, to be published at the end of July
• First edition signed paperback with free e-book
• The e-book and a paperback dedicated to the buyer and an invite to the launch party with special guests;
• A VIP access-all-areas pass.
Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial is available for pre-order now at www.hackingtrial.com