Tim Phillips' book tells the human story of the siege - of the terrible toll that thirst, hunger and sleeplessness took on the hostages, of the bravery of those who dealt with the terrorists, such as the elderly headmistress of the school and the doctor who tried to relieve the suffering of the young children. Phillips also looks at the authorities' response to the siege and finds it severely wanting. He has spent time in Beslan researching the book, talking to those involved and those affected, listening to the conspiracy theories, and trying to set the events of September 2004 in their wider context of centuries of conflict and enmity in the Caucasus.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 180 x 130 x 15 mm
* 'Fine and subtle... The book, based on extensive interviews, rouses pity and horror' John Lloyd, Financial Times* 'Timothy Phillips, on the other hand, has done a heroic and, one might have thought for a foreigner, impossible job: he has reconstructed from the testimony of many hundreds of witnesses the hellish events of that September ... His work is a fit memorial to the dead ... Timothy Phillips's book provides the victim's story' Donald Rayfield, Literary Review