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Weirdo. Mosher. Freak: (If Only They'd Stopped at Name Calling) Paperback – 1 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pomona; paperback / softback edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904590276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904590279
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the story interesting and it held your interest as the story developed from the initial horrific incident just over three years ago. Obviously, because of the author's background, it is written in a very straightforward journalistic style.
It is still shocking to think that in the 21st Century someone can be beaten to death just because they look different.
Well-written and a compelling read. --Scarborough Evening News November 25 2010

For those who think crimes like this cannot happen in small towns like Bacup, or Todmorden, or many others like them, it is an uneasy read but a compelling one from which it is to be hoped more understanding and respect for others must come.
--Todmorden News January 6 2011

About the Author

I have been a journalist since 1988 and in my time as a reporter never has a 'story' affected me so personally. This is one crime that cannot and should not be forgotten. Lessons must be learnt.


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This narrative account on the murder of Sophie Lancaster, the goth girl who was killed for the way she and her boyfriend dressed, gave me shivers from start to finish.

The S.O.P.H.I.E campaign was established to teach people to tolerate subcultures and campaign to extend the UK hate crime legislation to include `alternative subcultures'.

The book opens by telling the reader that if it weren't for this book, newspaper articles and court papers would be the only literature on this horrific event. This is also Smyth's attempt to find the truth of what happened that night: why three ambulances were called, why two went to the wrong place and why a journey that takes two minutes by car took an ambulance 14 minutes.

It is written by a journalist who became personally involved in the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign through her work. This ensures an emotive tone and prevents the telling from being too formal, however, at times, it does make you wonder how different the book would have been if told from another perspective.

Smyth provides plenty of background information, such as education, personality and anecdotes, on the attackers, defendants and victims, as well as the history of the town and its racist, violent and intolerant past stemming from the 70s.

The re-telling begins with Smyth receiving a phone call about an incident in Bacup Park; she goes on to describe how she discovered the attack of Sophie and Rob. We then go back in time to the night of the attack, where Smyth describes the unfolding of events beginning with Sophie and Rob visiting a friend through to the brutal primordial attack. From here the story is told in chronological order. We hear how Sophie's death led to an accumulation of concerts, film festivals and peace marches in her honour.
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As someone older from the alternative subculture I have experienced abuse and discrimination because of how I look. My teenage daughter does, as she is also alternative.

It's disgraceful that anyone should be attacked for looking different to the "norm". Sophie's death touched me when it happened and there isn't a week that goes by when I don't think of her, Sylvia and Rob.

The book gives an insight into the murder of this lovely girl, the trauma that Rob and Sylvia went through and how Bacup supported S.O.P.H.I.E.

May Sophie rest in peace.
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This book had me in tears from the get go. It gives you the story behind the news story and explains what happened to Sophie, about the trial and also about how the charity bands started plus so much more. If you are an alternative person or a parent of an alternative child this is a must to read. I do hope tho that others would read this too.
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It's now six years since I heard the news about the attack, I was at Bloodstock at the time (where a stage has been named in her memory) with a gethering of other alternative people. This is a touching book, capturing the events objectively and with great sensitivity.
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This was a very sad case and I feel for the next of kin but this just seems to be about the author and how good she was and what she did and how she did this and that .
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