The Sleep of Reason
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.
A journey into the heart of narrative darkness . . . a thorough investigation and collation of the facts.
Dramatic and disturbing . . . his evidence, used judiciously and presented without comment but with an undertone of urgency, is a damning indictment.
The first serious book on the Bulger case . . . accomplished, reliable and informative . . . surprisingly evocative, even moving . . . immensely valuable.
The most concise and important book on the interviews and trial . . . Exceptionally well-considered.
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