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No Return

Mark Townsend

A gripping true crime account of radicalisation in Britain – and how it can be prevented.

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A gripping true crime account of radicalisation in Britain – and how it can be prevented. Longlisted for the ACLS Gold Dagger Award.

‘An incredible story, powerfully and beautifully told.’ – James O’Brien

Five teenage friends leave Brighton to wage jihad in Syria. All except one are killed. This is their untold story.

No Return is a unique insight into a hidden Britain, based on true events that so shocked intelligence experts they are now the Home Office’s lead case study into youth radicalisation.

Drawing on a cache of leaked classified documents and unprecedented access to all the main players, award-winning investigative journalist Mark Townsend reveals the shocking truth behind what drew these young Britons to martyrdom in a foreign land. The end result is a fast-paced and powerfully gripping true crime account of radicalisation – and how it can be prevented.

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An incredible story, powerfully and beautifully told.

James O'Brien, author of How To Be Right
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An extraordinary, gripping, harrowing account of perhaps the most important single case of mass radicalisation in the UK in recent years. This work of rigorous, forensic, compassionate investigative journalism casts new light on the appeal of extremism and its tragic costs. Important and urgent.

Jason Burke, author of Al-Qaeda
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A forensic account that goes behind the headlines to expose the complex, disturbing reality that radicalised the largest group of teenage jihadists in western Europe. Essential reading.

Carole Cadwalladr, Observer
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Brilliant, human, thrilling and insightful; Townsend is a journalist of the very highest calibre. His outstanding work forces us to look at our country, ourselves and our world in a new light. It's one of the best books I've read in years.

Alex Miller, Vice Media
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This immensely powerful book is both gripping and disturbing. A fascinating insight into what motivated a group of teenagers from Brighton to give up their lives to fight in Syria.

Amelia Gentleman, author of The Windrush Betrayal
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Terrific. Not only a page-turner, but a major contribution to our understanding. It shows in graphic detail how fractured societies create fractured people who in turn create further social division. And this is Britain, not Syria.

Julian Le Grand, Professor of Social Policy, LSE

Mark Townsend is Home Affairs Editor of the Observer. He has won numerous awards including Press Gazette Specialist Reporter of the Year and British Environmental Journalist of the Year. His reports from Afghanistan, which Point Man is based on, were judged runner-up in the features category of the 2007 Foreign Press Association (FPA) awards. The following year he was part…

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