As If (Paperback)
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As If (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 04/08/2011
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"A remarkable, indispensable book" - Sunday Telegraph

In 1993 toddler James Bulger was beaten to death by two ten-year-old-boys. In the wake of this brutal crime, came one of the most public and shocking trials in living memory.

Written in Morrison's supple, beautiful prose As If is a passionate, first-hand testimony of the Bulger case. It is a book about the nature of children, the meaning of childhood innocence and the state of the world we live in today.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847084170
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A remarkable, indispensable book - Sunday Telegraph

Blake Morrison attended the trial and has written a lyrical personal and intensely painful account of what he heard and felt... This is an important, and, in the true sense of the word, dreadful book. - Beryl Bainbridge, Evening Standard

Morrison's rich, deep humanity bestows upon this book a rare honesty of tone and of thought which the subject hugely deserves... out of his anxiety and compassion, he has produced a book which is both brave and bathed in mature wisdom. - Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday

This is a brave book, full of compassion and pity not just for the obvious people - the tiny victim, his parents - but for everyone involved, and underlying the struggle to discover 'why' is a compassion too for the state of childhood both remembered and observed. Beautifully written. - Margaret Foster, Literary Review

As If is the mature, considered and very personal response of one man to a tragic act. It is what our media should have given us... Morrison's voice is, as ever, eloquent with both passion and intelligence. - A.L. Kennedy, Scotsman

Very finely written... supple, densely allusive, glittering prose. - Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times

Morrison brings to the case an uneasy conscience which insists that nothing is black and white... he exposes the inability of an adult tribunal to deal with such young defendants. - Joan Smith, Financial Times

Blake Morrison is interested in the fundamental question of why the two young boys killed another child... he has contributed greatly to the debate and his thought-provoking book should be read by all those who have a serious interest in the vital process of reform. - The Times

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