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SOMEBODY'S HUSBAND, SOMEBODY'S SON

Gordon Burn

  • Original Title: SOMEBODY'S HUSBAND, SOMEBODY'S SON
  • Publication date: December 1984
  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Country: GB
  • 275 print pages
  • Factual/True story

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence

Pitch

An investigation into the mind and crimes of Peter Sutcliffe, the man who was dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper.

Comments

Gordon Burn (1948 - 2009) was an English writer, the author of four novels and several works of non-fiction. His novels deal with issues of modern fame and faded celebrity as lived through the media spotlight. His novel ALMA COGAN (1991), which imagined the future life of the British singer Alma Cogan had she not died in 1966, won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel. In 2013 the Gordon Burn Prize was launched "to reward fiction or non-fiction written in the English language, which in the opinion of the judges most successfully represents the spirit and sensibility of Gordon's literary methods".

Summary

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 a penetrating and provocative insight into the mind of a murderer.

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    Gordon Burn (1948 - 2009) was an English writer, the author of four novels and several works of non-fiction. His novels deal with issues of modern fame and faded celebrity as lived through the media spotlight. His novel ALMA COGAN (1991), which imagined the future life of the British singer Alma Cogan had she not died in 1966, won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel. He contributed to The Guardian regularly, usually writing about contemporary art. In 2013 the Gordon Burn Prize was launched "to reward fiction or non-fiction written in the English language, which in the opinion of the judges most successfully represents the spirit and sensibility of Gordon's literary methods".