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Somebody's husband, somebody's son: the story of Peter Sutcliffe

Somebody's husband, somebody's son: the story of Peter Sutcliffe

Burn, Gordon, 1948-2009

It seemed the case of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper was finally closed when Peter Sutcliffe was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981. But in the early 1980s Gordon Burn spent three years living in Sutcliffe's home town of Bingley, researching his life. A modern classic, Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son offers one of the most penetrating and provocative insights into the mind of a murderer ever written.'A book which will, with some justice, be compared to In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song . It's as if Thomas Hardy were also present at the writing of this account of the Yorkshire Ripper.' Norman Mailer

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Faber, 2004
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  • Compton Road – Earliest copy due back 27th August

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Statement of responsibility: Gordon Burn
ISBN: 0571222838, 9780571222834
Note: Originally published: London: Heinemann, 1984.
Physical Description: 354 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Women Crimes against England, Northern.; Sutcliffe, Peter, 1946-; Serial murderers England, Northern Biography.

Author note

Gordon Burn is the author of four novels, Alma Cogan (winner of the Whitbread First Novel Prize), Fullalove , The North of England Home Service and Born Yesterday . He is also the author of the non-fiction titles Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son , Pocket Money , Happy Like Murderers


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