'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.
'Brilliantly, compellingly written' Nikesh Shukla
'This book strongly gives a voice to the voiceless . . . essential reading' Kenny Allstar
'Angry, impassioned, informed, accurate - the story behind the cutting short of public health and young lives' Danny Dorling
'Ciaran's work is informed by lived experience at the frontline of social change. It takes a sensitive and respectful look at the truths less often told' George the Poet
Honest, authentic and raw, this book confronts our deepest assumptions about violence, and lays down a transformative path to peace
A devastating and beautifully drawn tribute to the young boys that the media turns into statistics of knife crime. In telling their stories, Ciaran Thapar brings to the page their dreams, their imaginations and their hearts
An incredibly important look at the plight of Britain's youth, delivered with clarity, honesty and an open heart
Ciaran's work is informed by lived experience at the frontline of social change. It takes a sensitive and respectful look at the truths less often told
Angry, impassioned, informed, accurate - the story behind the cutting short of public health and young lives
Ciaran is the rarest thing: a writer of heart and clarity, who has spent thousands of hours absorbing the rules, codes and heartbreaks of life in some of London's most vulnerable communities . . . I read everything that Ciaran writes because it feels necessary to understand the city that I live in
Gripping and dramatic yet also poignant and reflective, Cut Short is essential for our times
No bullshit, no filter, just facts from the trenches of the most neglected in society, and the power of music, mentorship and education to change lives. Everyone must read this
In a potent mix of personal anecdote, social history and politics, he interweaves the stories of people caught up in the violence, to show how society is fracturing along lines of race, class and postcodes. The result is a trenchant, page-turning and sometimes challenging reading, but also a blueprint for positive change
A crucial contribution and a compelling read. Thapar combines captivating narratives with a sophisticated understanding of the policy landscape - a must-read book for anyone interested in, or working to improve, the safety and well-being of children and young people