Thursday, 01 April 2010

Cries Unheard: the Story of Mary Bell

I picked this up somewhere - probably a craft market, but it's hard to be sure - because I was interested in the subject. A child convicted of murdering two other children. On the strength of this book, I have bought and will continue to buy, others written by Gitta Sereny.

This is a wonderfully written biography. It is haunting and disturbing. There is nothing sugar-coated here. This is an account of a young girl who turned into a murderer, before she was really old enough to fully comprehend her actions. I highly recommend it to parents, teachers, anyone who works with children and anyone with an interest in this sort of thing.

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