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Life After Life: Interviews with Twelve Murderers (Oberon Modern Plays) [Paperback]

Tony Parker , Paul Jepson
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10 Jun 2002 Oberon Modern Plays
Valerie wants a job, Frank wants to run the marathon - Paul, Philip and Alan just want to hold on. This dramatic piece of reportage draws on interviews with murderers to create stark, uncompromising portraits of people rebuilding their lives. Life After Life is being performed as part of the National Theatre's Transformations season in the Lyttleton Loft in May 2002.

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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd; New edition edition (10 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840023015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840023015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 12.2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, moving testament to the spoken word 12 Dec 2006
By Stewart
All of Tony Parker's works are testament to both his own skill as an interviewer and the power of oral history. Here Parker deftly draws out the stories of people trying to create a life for themselves after serving life-sentences.

The stories of some of the prisoners are incredible, but even the most ordinary tales are moving and, at times, heartbreaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life after life 25 Jan 2012
A fascinating look at the experience of people convicted of murder. Such different ways of responding to their experience - such different attitudes and internals worlds. Very illuminating
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Parker introduced twelve murderers to us, personally 14 Aug 2001
By E. Tsui - Published on
The hard cover that I picked up in the library did not have a dust jacket to introduce Tony Parker or about his work. It only has a Preface and an Acknowledgement at the end, and the rest are the twelve interview chapters, each was a lifer's autobiographic account. I scanned the entire book for Parker's research methodology but it was never spelt out. That was disappointing to me. Although Parker wrote almost nothing about his interviewing, one can always feel his presence in every sentence, listening to the lifer he was interviewing and asking them questions in the most respectful manner. All twelve autobiographies are very easy to follow, very different, very personal, and some very touching. Some basic knowledge of the British geography and the British penal system would be helpful though. Parker traced the murderers' childhood, their criminal progression, perspective of the murder, the Life Sentence, prison life, and life during conditional release. Although I guess Parker did not write this book in an attempt to change anyone's negativism towards murderers, he had allowed the lifers' voices to be heard, and that included their guilt, shame and regrets. Not too many people would have a chance to talk to murderers, Parker had done this for them. I will also recommend this book to justice officers, probation or parole officers, prison officers, and mental health professionals who work with lifers or homicide offenders.
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