The Sleep of Reason

The James Bulger Case

David James Smith
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Bringing great writing back into print - a Faber Finds book.

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.' - The Times

'Dramatic and disturbing.' - Anita Brookner, Observer

'Compelling and compassionate.' - Times Educational Supplement
Category: True Crime
ISBN: 9780571282708
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Finds
Pub Date: November 2011
Page Extent: 264
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: True crime

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