Reviews

  • Honest, authentic and raw, this book confronts our deepest assumptions about violence, and lays down a transformative path to peace

    David Lammy MP, author of Tribes
  • 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

    Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie
  • An incredibly important look at the plight of Britain's youth, delivered with clarity, honesty and an open heart

    Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
  • 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
  • Angry, impassioned, informed, accurate - the story behind the cutting short of public health and young lives

    Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%
  • 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

    Sam Knight, New Yorker staff writer
  • Gripping and dramatic yet also poignant and reflective, Cut Short is essential for our times

    Dan Hancox, author of Inner City Pressure
  • 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

    Toddla T, DJ
  • 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

    Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller, Editor's Choice
  • 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

    Keir Irwin-Rogers, Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University; lead criminologist to the Youth Violence Commission

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