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Dunblane: Never Forget

Dunblane: Never Forget [Kindle Edition]

Mick North
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A moving personal account of the Dublane massacre and its aftermath

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Mick North's daughter Sophie was one of the children killed in the massacre at Dunblane Primary School. Dunblane: Never Forget is a personal account of Mick's life before and after the massacre and includes a critical assessement of the events that led to the tragedy and those that have followed.

He begins by recalling his arrival in Stirling and how he and Barbara moved to Dunblane while awaiting the birth of their only child. A few months later Barbara was diagnosed with cancer and the family had to deal with her terminal illness. After the death of Barbara, father and daughter became an inseparable team until that dreadful day in 1996.

North writes about how he and the other families dealt with public sympathy, the anti-handgun campaign, the memorial service, the television programmes, newspaper interviews and the creation of the Dunblane Memorial Garden. He describes how it felt to attend a public inquiry into the murder of his child, criticises the local police force and details the ambivalent attitude of the Dunblane community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; 1st edition (18 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060MCEYC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
On Wednesday 13 March 1996, in Dunblane Primary School, sixteen children and their teacher were murdered by a gun-wielding madman. Author Mick North, whose daughter Sophie was one of the victims, analyses the events leading up to the attack. He then examines the social and political effects of the tragedy from his own unique perspective.
Mick begins by providing the background to his own life, from age twenty-seven up to the tragedy. He talks about his marriage to his wife Barbara, the birth of their daughter Sophie, and Barbara's tragic death from cancer. Mick further speaks fondly of his life with Sophie and of their many travels abroad before her untimely death. Intersposed with this are episodes from the life of Thomas Hamilton, and how police ignorance allowed a clearly twisted man to perpetrate mass murder.
The author then provides a sensitive and restrained account of his feelings about the massacre, as well as a rigourous examination of public and political response to it.
North is highly critical of the Central Scotland Police force, in their complacent renewal of Thomas Hamilton's firearms license when it was evident to all but them that the man was unfit to own such weapons. He further criticises their sloppy and inconsiderate treatment of the victims' families in the aftermath of the tragedy, as well as their refusal to be held accountable for those mistakes.
As well as dealing with public sympathy and the Lord Cullen Inquiry, North also charts the campaign against handguns against the wishes of the gun lobby, who sought to prioritise their hobby over the interests of public safety. He also examines the conflicted attitude of the Dunblane community towards the grief of the victim's families, and considers the issue of gun control on a more global.
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Mick North has opened a window on an event of horror in order that we may reflect, understand and act. He does this in a most personal way through his own experience.
He begins with a truth, intensely personal in the book and yet universal, that life is precious, fragile and a thing of hope. This is an account of his work, of his life with Barbara, and the joy of Sophie's arrival; of Barbara'a sickness and slipping from life; Sophie and Mick together beginning the task of reconstructing their lives; and by March 1996 having reached a mutuality of understanding and support. They were happy together.
Contemporaneous episodes in Thomas Hamilton's life are interspersed through these pages. With dread one reads of his involvement in boy's clubs, of his dealings with police and politicians, of his acquisition of firearms. An awful climax builds.
An incredible compression of experiences on the day of the tragedy and in the weeks and months that followed is detailed. The issues arising from these experiences make up the bulk of the book. As if his loss alone were not enough, Mick North is to discover simultaneously its power to distil weaknesses in public and private spheres. After describing ways in which police mishandled the event he looks at gestures of acccountability made by the police, concluding that there is very little. Other central concerns raised are gun control and the role of public enquiries.
This book is a 'must read', not only for a range of professionals, students and policy makers concerned with the ways disasters are and should be dealt with, but for anyone. Mick North encourages us all to become involved in public and political debates on these issues. In this book he has spelt out warnings and consequences for us to heed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mick North's Story 3 April 2008
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I doubt that anyone who is able to remember the 13th of March 1996 could deny that they were knocked flat by the horror that shattered the town of Dunblane that day. In a mere three minutes seventeen families had lost loved ones and seventeen people had sustained serious injuries. The events that day dramatically changed the lives of all those connected to the tragedy in all forms, none more so than the families of those who died. Four years on, one Dunblane parent tells his story.
Academic Dr Mick North lost his daughter Sophie that day, just three years after the untimely death of his wife from cancer. Mick North's story begins with a recollection of the events which led him from England to Central Scotland and finally to Dunblane: his new job at Stirling University, meeting Barbara and the birth of his only child. Their happiness was to be short lived as shortly after Sophie was born, Barbara was diagnosed with cancer, from which she died three years later. As hard as times were for the family, Mick illustrates how Sophie was his light that guided him through the dark days of Barbara's illness and death, a light which too was to be untimely extinguished that day in March.
After Sophie's death Mick's story moves on to role of the Dunblane parents in the anti-gun campaigns. Here again it can be argued that in some form Sophie was to guide her father in his quest to bring tighter gun laws to Britain.
Mick North's story is one of human life following tragedy, yet at a deeper level it is a story of determination that everyone should read to ensure that we 'never forget'
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