Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son

Gordon Burn

In Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son: The Story of the Yorkshire Ripper, Gordon Burn explores the life of Peter Sutcliffe to create a modern classic, offering one of the most penetrating and provocative insights into the mind of a murderer ever written. With a new introduction by Denise Mina.

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It seemed the case of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper was finally closed when Peter Sutcliffe was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981. But in the early 1980s, Gordon Burn spent three years living in Sutcliffe’s home town of Bingley, researching his life. Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son offers one of the most penetrating and provocative insights into the mind of a murderer ever written.

Includes a new introduction by Denise Mina.

Critic Reviews

A book which will with some justice be compared to In Cold Blood or The Executioner's Song. It's as if Thomas Hardy were also present at the writing of this account of the Yorkshire Ripper.

Norman Mailer
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Gordon Burn's classic.

Blake Morrison, Guardian
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Quite brilliant, written from a startlingly original viewpoint . . . I've been quoting the book constantly.

Anthony Sher
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Gordon Burn's is a serious study. His great merit is he gives us facts which make intelligible what would otherwise seem meaningless crimes.

Sunday Times
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As an account of Sutcliffe and his world Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son is a riveting read.

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A book that will undoubtedly become a classic in the field of investigative criminology.

Time Out

Gordon Burn was the author of four novels, Alma Cogan (winner of the Whitbread First Novel Prize), Fullalove, The North of England Home Service and Born Yesterday. He was also the author of the non-fiction titles Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son, Pocket Money, Happy Like Murderers, On The Way to Work (with Damien Hirst) and Best and Edwards. His last book,…

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