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About the Author
Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper; of a children's book, The Yellow House; of critical studies of the movement and Seamus Heaney; and is co-editor of The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry. His bestselling memoir And when did you last see your father? won the Waterstone's/Esquire/Volvo Award for Non-Fiction, and the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography in 1993. He lives in London.
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Blake Morrison takes us through his days and thoughts while he sat in court where Robert Thompson and Jon Veneables were tried for murder, committed at the age of 10. The trial is intersperced with his thoughts of his own childhood as well as that of his children. His empathy includes everyone, the three sets of parents involved, the three children involved as well as the social workers, the teachers and the city of Liverpool. Don't be fooled though this isn't a simplistic no-one is to blame, the book reads well as he argues to and for several of these points e.g the parents are to blame; what about their parents?. Blake Morrison puts across the view that these children shouldn't have been tried in an adult court, rather they should have had access to pyschiatric help as soon as their involvement was discovered.
Although the premise of the book was to find out why? No obvious answers are found, was it pre-meditated or a prank gone wrong? How will we ever know when 10 year old boys don't think like adults? A sad book particularly in light of the revelation that Jon Veneables has had his parole licence revoked.
And yet this seems a small price to pay, since it would then not be the extraordinary book it actually is. One particular account of the author visiting the murder scene left me overwhelmed by some of the most moving and powerful writing I think I have ever read! Morrison's honest treatment of the Bulger murderers is truly commendable, and anyone with so much as a passing interest in the case should read it, so long as they are prepared to forego sensationalism for something altogether more intelligent.
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I really struggled to finish this for reasons similar to other reviews here. Poetry intertwined with his musings during his daily activities takes you off on pointless tangents. Read morePublished 14 months ago by G. Jones
A weird book, Blake often goes off in a tangent, you can find out more by looking out on the internet about this case and also the theory behind the children and their troubles.Published on 6 Mar. 2015 by Matt
Probably tthe best
Excellent. Probably the best written on the case. Looks at the real tragedy of three small children instead of all the mass hysteria and hatred.
No excuses. Totally and utterly vile beings. I am not impressed with the liberal attitude of the author. Sad and bad.Published on 31 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Ordered this after radio programme - thought it would give some sort of reasoning behind the crime but unable to finish due content - onpassed to friend who in process of reading -... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by Deedeethree
The 2* rating I've given AS IF in no way reflects on the excellence of the narrative, which leads one to read compulsively from page to page. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Judy Croome