Eighteen-year-old Stephen Lawrence, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was murdered on the night of 22 April 1993 whilst standing at a bus-stop, by a gang of white youths. Cathcart wrote a long piece about the murder and all its ramifications for "Granta" magazine, and this is the basis for his book: an account of the crime, the investigation and the criminal culture of South-East London that gave rise to the murderers.
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Press reviews of the book
"As involving as any thriller, and rather more educational. Cathcart writes a sparse, tight prose, and takes the reader through the long narrative of assault, police incompetence, half-hearted internal ‘inquiries’ and public outcry with great tact." - Financial Times.
"One of the few genuinely informative accounts… An enthralling book which is the definitive history of the case so far… Eradicating (racism) will be a long and painful process. Brian Cathcart’s book will be a constant and unanswerable reminder to those responsible of the need to purse their task with determination and vigour. - Ham and HighFrom the Author:
A tragic story that needed to be told.
I wrote this book partly to tell the tragic, powerful and moving story of a race murder and of how a black London family, let down by the system, eventually forced the whole country to sit up and take notice. I also wrote it in the hope of informing the very important debate that has followed about race, policing and society in Britain. The Lawrence story is long and complex and the crime remains on the unsolved list, but despite all the controversy people still know little of what happened. I hope the book will help to fill the information gap.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Acceptable. This book may include some defects such moderate highlighting and notes. Cover and some pages may be creased and show discolouration. Ex-library. However the book is still readable. we ship books from UK within 1 working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000495751
Book Description Penguin Books, London, 2000. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Thus. Winner of the 1999 Crime Writers Association Award for Non-Fiction. 436pp. includes Postscript & Index. B/w Photos. Light crease to spine. No inscriptions or marks. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004680