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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447218744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447218746
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (717 customer reviews)
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A powerful, heartfelt and moving account of his son's murder and his fight for justice by Ralph Bulger

About the Author

Ralph Bulger still lives in Kirkby and continues to fight for justice for James. Rosie Dunn is a freelance journalist and author.


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By drh on 21 Feb. 2013
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I'm ashamed to say that I was fairly ignorant of the details behind this case until fairly recently and, as the 20th anniversary approached, it struck me that I should find out what happened in more detail. What I read in various articles on the internet shocked me to the core: a feeling of profound upset for this poor, innocent little child and, at the same time, sick to the stomach at the ordeal he had to endure as he was so savagely tortured and murdered by those two vile psychopaths. As a father myself I tried to imagine how I'd deal with this, and the apparent injustice that followed, and so it was inevitable that I'd buy this book upon its release. Unfortunately it took a few days before I could buy it because the "Look inside" excerpts had such a powerful effect that I was wondering how I'd be able to read it all without being reduced to a heap.

The book is a compelling, if very tough at times, read. I, too, have had to look away and compose myself, at times, before carrying on. Many of the gruesome details I was already prepared for, others I was not. But this book is much more than that; as Ralph says, it is a celebration of the life, albeit so tragically short, of his beloved son. It is an account of the impact of the loss of James to a caring, supportive family and community. It is also a mark of appreciation and genuine gratitude towards everyone who had been, and who still are, supporting this family; from police, to jury, to solicitors, to undertakers, not to mention to the family itself, the community and the charity which is part of James' legacy. I found myself chuckling at the descriptions of James tearing around and being an entertaining, happy little boy, despite my knowing what was coming next.
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I too took a long time to decide to buy this book, I kept thinking it was morbid wanting to read how poor James suffered, but like another reviewer wrote if Ralph was brave enough to write it then we should be brave enough to read it. This is a truly heart breaking read and reduced me too tears many times, to think 2 children could inflict such torture on another child. Ive not finished it yet as for the last 2 nights Ive been unable to sleep after reading it in bed, but i will persevere but in the daytime. I havent had nightmares but think it mustve been on my mind. I think Ralph and Denise and their family have been amazing throughout this whole experience but I dont think I couldve coped so well in court and not wanted to kill these monsters. I also find it hard to believe that considering what these evil boys did that they were released at all they shouldve been made to rot in jail, theres alot in this book that was never told in the press. Although James had a short life he had a life surrounded by family who adored him, and at the start of the book you chuckle at the mischief he used to get up to, and how he wouldnt call his dad "dad" but "Ralph" as everyone else called him Ralph. I have the utmost respect for Denise, Ralph and their families and please everyone read this book we owe it too Ralph and too James too. RIP James x x x
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Such a shame this book had to be written. However Ralph wrote this book from his heart. I spent most of my time reading this book through eyes filled with tears streaming down my face. Sweet dreams James x x
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This book is hard to read in places but I believe that if Ralph Bulger had the courage to relive his story on paper I should find the courage to read it !!
It is truly amazing how this family have got through the last 20 years and this book just shows you what they went threw that we public had no way of knowing
It's nice to read about what James was like in the few short years he was with his family
This book really does show what the Bulger family has had to go through all these years and my heart broke with every page

Rest in peace little baby James xxxxx
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I have picked up this book on so many occasions in the recent past and after careful consideration I have put it back on the shelf...until last week when I decided to read it.

I'm glad I did.

I remember vividly the abduction & murder of beautiful baby James and the shock waves that the world felt in the wake of this horrific incident. I will NEVER forget the grainy CCTV images of Thompson & Venables leading their helpless victim away to what would be one of the most shocking murders the world has ever witnessed.

So why was I reticent to buy & read the book? Well, for two reasons - 1. Was I able to deal with the full revelations of what happened? And 2. I have lost a young myself two short years ago in a dreadful accident and didn't know how I would feel reading about acute loss/grief from a father's perspective. To be completely honest what convinced me to read in the end was the hope that some of what I think & feel on a daily basis was "normal" for a grieving parent. After having read it all I can say is Thank you so much to Ralph Bulger for being so eloquent & brutally honest about your grief - you will never know how much you have helped me from one grieving father to another.

As you expect the book is deeply upsetting & shocking in places but perhaps the most surprising element of the book is how you are left feeling that not only have the Bulger family suffered a huge loss in their lives but that the legal/political system has treated them incredibly unfairly over the years and that the safety/sanity of the child murders has been given priority over the victims. It is disgusting & unforgivable to treat a grieving family in this manner.
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