Ciaran Thapar

Cut Short
  • Cut Short

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    Read by Anthony Welsh and featuring an exclusive audio Q&A with the author.

    'Lays down a transformative path to peace' David Lammy MP

    'A devastating and beautifully-drawn tribute to the young boys that the media turns into statistics of knife crime' Candice Carty-Williams

    'I came away from this book enraged, enlightened and with a sense of urgency to do something' Annie Mac

    Demetri wants to study criminology at university to understand why people around him carry knives.

    Jhemar is determined to advocate for his community following the murder of a loved one.

    Carl's exclusion leaves him vulnerable to the sinister school-to-prison pipeline, but he is resolute to defy expectations.

    Tony, the tireless manager of a community centre, is fighting not only for the lives of local young people, but to keep the centre's doors open.

    Drawing on the latest research and interviews with experts, this refreshingly nuanced and beautifully written book interweaves the stories of a cast of characters at the sharp end of Britain's serious youth violence epidemic, with chapters on subjects such as social media, gentrification and criminal justice.

    Showing how we are all connected to this tragedy, Cut Short is a gripping, urgent, sympathetic and often painful portrait of a society fracturing along lines of race, class and postcode. It is a blueprint for positive change, and a book we desperately need.

    © Ciaran Thapar 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Ciaran Thapar is a youth worker, social activist and writer based in London. His journalism on serious youth violence, austerity politics, British multiculturalism and contemporary music culture can be found in the Guardian, British GQ, Vice and Pitchfork. He has experience developing and delivering charity programmes in secondary schools, youth clubs and prisons. As Founder of RoadWorks, a music and social education charity, Ciaran has advocated on behalf of young people in both Houses of Parliament, on national television and radio, and in legal court proceedings. He holds an MSc in Political Theory from London School of Economics. This is his first book.

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