`David Oluwale's story has a raw power, even five decades on, and Kester Aspden makes it compelling and relevant for the reader of today'
IS A BLACK LIFE WORTH LESS THAN A WHITE ONE?
When, in May 1969, the body of David Oluwale was fished out of the River Aire near Leeds, not too many questions were asked about the circumstances of his death. Oluwale was a tramp and a patient in a mental hospital, an immigrant from Nigeria who was trapped in a system that failed him miserably - a police charge sheet from just two weeks earlier had 'BRIT' scored out, his nationality replaced with 'WOG'.
Eighteen months later a lengthy campaign of harassment by two Leeds policemen was uncovered - Oluwale became national news in Britain, and a symbol for its black community. This extraordinary book draws on original archival material only recently released to revisit one of the most chilling crimes in British history, and at the same time raises questions as relevant today as they were at the end of the sixties.
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2008
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
"David Oluwale's story has a raw power, even five decades on, and Kester Aspden makes it compelling and relevant for the reader of today" -- Mishal Husain
"Kester Aspden's brave book finally puts the life and death of David Oluwale where it always should have been: centre-stage in the criminal, political and social history of postwar England" -- David Peace
"This is a shocking and engrossing story... A true story with all the material of a novel, the book is a kind of In Cold Blood set in Leeds" -- Jonathan Sale * Financial Times *
"Aspden's painstaking research, empathetic approach and ability to weave together a vivid wider social critique show Oluwale was done a terrible disservice... This tenderly compiled book will still make you weep" * Metro *
"Aspden writes compassionately of his character, weaving information into a gripping narrative and attempting, with a novelist's skill, to give a heartbeat to the dry statistics on his life" * Independent *