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Every Mother's Nightmare - The Killing of James Bulger Paperback – 5 Nov 1993


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  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (5 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330331744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330331746
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ms. SJ Davies on 14 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book as part of my degree course and I didn't realise what an impact it would have on me....it moved me. The author has written a detailed story of what happened to James Bulger from when he was at the Strand with Denise to when his body was found. But thankfully and sensitively he has left out the horrific details of James' injuries. With that in mind this book is still difficult to read. It takes you on a roller coster ride of events that the family of James experienced and left me very distressed at some points. Please be aware this book is not for the faint- hearted but nontheless is a fascinating book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kikki on 25 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
Mark Thomas can be proud of himself again with this book.
Has it all, very informative and when reading you feel like you are actually there experiencing the whole event, especially in the shopping mall when Mrs Bulger is in the butcher's, it only takes a nanno second for James to disappear.

Very disturbing and worrying that society can breed such youngsters capable of murder in the worst degree, you have to wonder what kind of parenting/society has lead to their demise.

I also read Mark Thomas' book on Jon-Benet Ramsay which I can also recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olly on 14 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
By 'difficult' I mean the subject matter is a highly sensitive and emotive topic that cannot be deemed as a source of entertainment or amusement in any sense. The death of a child is a tragic occurrence in any circumstance, but the way young James Bulger died provokes an immense sense of sadness, anger and helplessness to a degree that is rarely paralleled in murder cases. The age of the young boy, the tragically bad timing that culminated in his abduction, the knowledge that 38 people could have intervened but were clearly innocently oblivious to the snapshots they each witnessed of the tragedy that was unfolding before them. Then of course to top it off, the killers themselves were just 10 years old, mere school children. This book covers a detailed, yet sensitive, account of the events that unfolded that day in February 1993 and the days that followed. Sometimes chilling and harrowing, and at others uplifting a positive, this book is a really good representation of what happened and how the people involved coped and provides strong evidence that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were children in desperate need of help, help that never came. After all, we are all products of our upbringing, no-one is inherently evil by any means and to label children evil is a meaningless task. Perhaps it is to cover up the guilt and knowledge that some humans are capable of bringing up children, or neglecting children to the point of no return!
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Justine Morrison on 1 April 2006
Format: Paperback
If you have kids, this book will affect you...if your compassionate ...it will move you to tears...
Although we have all read details of what happened to poor little James Bulger, did you actually imagine the scenario in your head. This book delivers all the horrific details of what happened to him from when he was taken until his extremely untimely death at the hands of two 10 year old boys, and we get to hear what the murderers had to say in their statements to the police, then through the court case also. Unfortunately it leaves you with so many questions...number one being....WHY?..It was clear they knew they were doing wrong.
This was re-published in 2005 with updates as to what has happened since the book was written many years ago but due to laws, we dont find out details that we may actually be interested in knowing.
I recommend this book, if not out of interest in the case but for a TERRIFYING REMINDER TO HOLD ON TO YOUR CHILDS HAND....WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT....I know its made an impact on me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LisaS on 7 Feb. 2013
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Whilst so far this book is very interesting, the glaring spelling errors and typos are making it very difficult to concentrate on and read. It has not been properly proof read, if at all. It would be so much better if it had. For a £6 download it should have been correct.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Venner on 20 Jun. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
the author has handled this dreadful subject in a very good way. This is the most I have paid for a Kindle book and the quality of typing is the worst yet. I have only got to Chapter Two and found 11 typos already, two making the sense of the sentence impossible to understand. Truly shameful when handling such a subject and letting the author down in a most objectionable way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Owen on 28 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I feel as sickened as any mother over poor little James' death and to this day, my mind and my heart still weep. This book gives some details that weren't disclosed at the time but they are only details at which we probably knew in our minds or were hinted or guessed at. James' death will never be more horrific to some of us if we read a 'million' books as the pain and anguish will always be there but this is an account that helps to a degree but as time has gone on, more answers are needed. May you rest in peace James. You are so well loved.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By MR P FRISBY on 1 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
Although I remember the outline of this case, I never realised the extent of what happened. This book is by far the saddest true crime I have ever read. At times is has you in tears. You can't help but think of little James Bulgers darkest hour as he was battered to death by two evil 10 year old boys. Although Mark Thomas in extracts from physcologist reports trys to find a reason behind this tragady you can't help but conclude no reason on earth could comprehend what happened that tragic day. Robert Thompson and Jon Venebels may now have been releases and James's mum Denise Bulger (fergus) remarried. But little James will never be forgotten.
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