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Happy Like Murderers

Gordon Burn

Happy Like Murderers by Gordon Burn is a true crime classic, republished to coincide with the 2019 Gordon Burn Prize.

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In this controversial and seminal work of reportage, Gordon Burn reveals the strange inner dynamic of Fred and Rosemary West’s relationship. Based on meticulous research, this dark history is told in a powerful, compelling narrative.

With a new introduction by Benjamin Myers.

Critic Reviews

One knew . . . that if a book of merit could be written about these crimes, Gordon Burn would be the man to do it.

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Brilliant, bleak, unflinching.

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Burns sets their story in the wider context of rapid and drastic post-war migration, social disintegration and dislocation . . . A powerful book.

Daily Telegraph
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Startlingly original and fearless and disturbing.

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A highly sophisticated literary construct . . . This is powerful writing. Burn’s approach has given him some real intuition into the world the Wests inhabited, physically, socially and psychologically.

Evening Standard

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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