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The ‘mini Trump’ who built a kingdom out of books

He wore a golden crown made from cardboard, appointed a horse as his prime minister and declared his hometown an independent country on April Fool's Day.

In many ways, Richard Booth was a classic British eccentric whose regular bouts of mischief and bluster could easily be dismissed as harmless follies that would never earn him much more than local notoriety.

  • Dominic Rech
  • CNN

But when Booth declared himself the regal ruler of Hay-on-Wye, on the border of Wales and England, it was one of the defining moments of an extraordinary career that would …

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