• Clephan Building (Room 3.03) (map)
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  • United Kingdom

On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America. This is a book, which will lead the news agenda on publication and leave the reader knocked sideways by its emotional power.

Gary Younge is an award-winning journalist for the Guardian and The Nation magazine in the US. His previous books are The Speech, Who Are We?, Stranger in a Strange Land and No Place Like Home. In 2009 he won the prestigious James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama election and the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his work. The book was shortlisted for The Orwell Prize 2017 for political writing and has won two prizes in the US.

The event is produced by Tilt in partnership with Cultural Exchanges and De Montfort University as part of a national spoken word talks and book tour. 

This is Gary Younge’s masterwork. You will never read news reports about gun violence the same way again. Brilliantly reported, quietly indignant and utterly gripping. A book to be read through tears.
— Naomi Klein
This book is a righteous challenge to the big insanities of American society: gun ubiquity, racism, poverty, and the supine and bland media that taboos genuine discourse on them. It’s all the more daring and subversive for its controlled and mannered tone as it breaks the unwritten law: thou shall not humanize the victims of this ongoing carnage.
— Irvine Welsh