Right from Wrong: My Story of Guilt and Redemption (Hardback)
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Right from Wrong: My Story of Guilt and Redemption (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 12/05/2022
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'Engaging... Dunne argues cogently, coherently and from experience that to have choices in life you also have to have chances.' The Observer, Book of the Day

'A much-needed burst of light in the dark meadow of time.' Lemn Sissay

In 2011 Jacob Dunne threw a single punch that ended another man's life. Sentenced to prison for manslaughter, he served fourteen months of a custodial sentence. On his release, he found himself homeless, unemployed and struggling to find a sense of purpose. But with the help of others, and with the encouragement of his victim's parents, he managed to get his life back on track.

Right From Wrong follows the course of Jacob's life, beginning on a council estate in Nottingham. Beset by problems at home and at school, Jacob drifted into drug-related gang culture, drinking heavily and fighting for fun before a fateful night changed the course of his life. Unflinching in its account of Jacob's guilt and shame, this book will reveal how Jacob used the experience to turn things around. He has been actively involved with Restorative Justice programmes including the Forgiveness Project, has reconciled with those he has hurt, has earned a first-class degree in Criminology and become a husband and father.

Jacob's story is in some ways unique, but it is also reflective of the experiences of young working-class men and boys across the country. By reflecting on his story, he hopes he might help people to avoid the kind of mistakes he made. In the process he points to the societal reforms needed in order to avoid an endless cycle of criminality and hopelessness.

Right From Wrong is a deeply humane and honest book, and an unflinching look at men's mental health and emotions at a time when our awareness of these things is of crucial importance.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008472115
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Part mea culpa, part love letter to his mother, and part manifesto on how to help children from difficult backgrounds to avoid the lifestyle he led. At its heart is the theme of restorative justice.' The Guardian

'Engaging... Dunne argues cogently, coherently and from experience that to have choices in life you also have to have chances.' The Observer, Book of the Day

'A split second becomes a defining moment for two families and the end of a man's life. A much-needed burst of light in the dark meadow of time.' Lemn Sissay, author of My Name is Why

'Captivating and insightful... surprisingly full of hope.' Nazir Afzal, author of The Prosecutor: One Man's Pursuit of Justice for the Voiceless

'A compelling case for restorative justice.' The Telegraph

'This powerful and unflinching memoir is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why hurt people hurt people. A must-read for anyone working in the criminal justice system.' Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project

Praise for The Punch, the BBC podcast that inspired the book:

'A devastating listen .... The Punch made you interrogate your idea of shame, and forgiveness.' Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian

'Made me cry all day ... You feel the beautiful stark pallor of words like forgiveness, and love. Jacob's self-doubt is powerful too.' The New Statesman

'Jacob's honesty shone through. ... Strong evidence of the power of restorative justice. ... A complicated and painful story ... devastating but also compelling.' Irish Times

'Powerful ... exquisite. ... A gentle, compelling case for restorative justice' The Telegraph

'Showed us how to look harder at ourselves. And to understand why.' The Times

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