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The Sleep of Reason

David James Smith

The definitive book on the James Bulger case, previously published in Faber Finds, now available in a new paperback edition.

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Friday, 12th February, 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys began the day by playing truant and ended it running an errand for the local video shop. In between they abducted and killed a two-year-old boy, James Bulger. In search of an explanation, award-winning journalist David James Smith looks behind the misinformation, misunderstanding and sensational reporting to an exact account of the events of that day. A sensitive and definitive account, The Sleep of Reason achieves a unique understanding of the James Bulger case, and comes as close as may ever be possible to explaining how two ten-year-olds could kill.

Critic Reviews

A journey into the heart of narrative darkness . . . a thorough investigation and collation of the facts.

Critic Reviews

Dramatic and disturbing . . . his evidence, used judiciously and presented without comment but with an undertone of urgency, is a damning indictment.

Anita Brookner, Observer
Critic Reviews

The first serious book on the Bulger case . . . accomplished, reliable and informative . . . surprisingly evocative, even moving . . . immensely valuable.

The Times
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The most concise and important book on the interviews and trial . . . Exceptionally well-considered.

Megan Nolan, New Statesman
David JamesSmith

David James Smith was born in south London and wrote for Esquire before joining the Sunday Times Magazine, for whom he travelled around the world writing cover stories, investigative articles, reportage and profiles, winning several awards for his feature writing. An article for the Magazine led to his second book, All About Jill: The Life and Death of Jill Dando…

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