The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case



by David James Smith

Written with full access to documentary evidence, this book tells of the murder of a two-year-old by two ten-year-olds which horrified the nation.

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Friday, 12th February, 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys began the day by playing truant and ended it running an errand for the local video shop. In between they abducted and killed a two-year-old boy, James Bulger. In search of an explanation, award-winning journalist David James Smith looks behind the misinformation, misunderstanding and sensational reporting to an exact account of the events of that day. A sensitive and definitive account, The Sleep of Reason achieves a unique understanding of the James Bulger case, and comes as close as may ever be possible to explaining how two ten-year-olds could kill.

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Book Condition

Used – Okay




318 pages


April 17, 2018 by Faber & Faber
First published in 1994


Nonfiction, Biography, Crime, History, True Crime

The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case


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