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5.0 out of 5 stars a remarkable debut, 27 Dec 2008
This review is from: A Fair Cop (Paperback)
This is one of my favourite types of books. The genre has many different names; a true life story, an autobiography, a memoir, non fiction and so on.

A Fair Cop is all of those and more. I fear this review will not do it justice. I have struggled to get into words the impact it has had on me.

Michael Bunting is a very skilled writer, the story grabbed hold of me from the first page and held me engrossed till the very last word. I wanted to read it all in one sitting but the words in A Fair Cop reminded me that it is important to let life get in the way of a book, no matter how interesting the reading may be.

A Fair Cop made me reassess my priorities, revaluate all the things that I held most dear. By the time I finished reading this magnificent book I had a strong urge to hold those I love nice and close but I also felt cleansed and somehow renewed.

Although this book contains one of the most harrowing, shocking tales I have read in the past few years, it is also filled with a raw insight into the ability of the power of 'good' to tuck itself away in places you'd least expect.

Michael Bunting had his eyes opened to this remarkable quality by being stripped of most things that he cherished. In this memoir he shares his new found insight.

Between the covers of this book are some twisted, crazy angry people, many painful insights into the raw emotional and physical brutality of human nature but also and most importantly there are unexpectedly beautiful insights into life, fear, love, hope and kindness.

There are some amazing characters in this book and the most impressive of all is the the author himself with this display of unpretentious inner strength. I suspect that he would want to disagree with that statement as what comes across on every page is the humility of this very talented author.

I am amazed that this is his debut novel and look forward to reading anything else he chooses to write.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2011 17:04:59 GMT
Wasson says:
You mention "this display of unpretentious inner strength". Bunting was convicted of a nasty crime and within two days of arriving at prison to serve a mere 3 week sentence "attempted" to commit suicide. In what way do you see this as displaying inner strength? Surely it displays the complete opposite.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2011 20:25:59 BDT
Hi, Wasson, you're back again, are you? Shame you haven't spent the intervening year and a half between deleting all your previous false and potentially libellous comments about the author with actually *reading* the book. Looking at the date, you didn't write this review on your Blackberry between terrorising shop-assistants in Fortnum and Mason's, did you?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 08:28:48 BDT
Wasson says:
I have stated the fact that he was found guilty of a very unpleasant crime and served a couple of weeks in open prison. In what way do you consider this "false and libellous"?

Presumably you are a policeman who prefers to disregard the truth in favour of your own biased and false beliefs. Thank god there are a few decent police such as the PC who gave evidence against Bunting. It must have taken immense bravery on her part to stand up to the likes of you.
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