The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case

The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case

by David James Smith

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Overview

Friday, February 12 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, began their day playing truant and ended it running an errand for a local video shop. In between they abducted and killed the toddler James Bulger. The Sleep of Reason is the harrowing, sensitive, definitive account of this terrible crime and its consequences.

In a new Preface (which considers the re-arrest of Jon Venables in February 2010) David James Smith writes: 'It is as true now as it was then that the murder has never really been explained and the motive for the crime remains a mystery. This book, the result of considerable research and a painstaking, sometimes distressing assembly of the facts, was my attempt to offer some insight and understanding.'

'Surprisingly evocative, even moving... immensely valuable.' Times

'Dramatic and disturbing.' Anita Brookner, Observer

'Compelling and compassionate.' Times Educational Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571340569
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David James Smith was born in south London and wrote for Esquire before joining the Sunday Times Magazine, for whom he traveled 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 (2002). The acclaimed Supper with the Crippens followed in 2005, then came One Morning in Sarajevo – 28 June 1914 (2008), a reconstruction of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Young Mandela, his influential biography of the early life of Nelson Mandela was published in 2010. More recently, David has served as a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission investigating miscarriages of justice.

What People are Saying About This

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

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

"The most harrowing, heartbreaking and defining account of the murder, its aftermath and legacy."– David Peace

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"It is as true now as it was then that the murder has never really been explained and the motive for the crime remains a mystery. This book, the result of considerable research and a painstaking, sometimes distressing assembly of the facts, was my attempt to offer some insight and understanding."

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