Meeting the Devil: A book of memoir from the London Review of Books edited by William Heinemann

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June–July 2014, no. 362
The malleableness of memoir

Meeting the Devil: A book of memoir from the London Review of Books

edited by William Heinemann

$49.99 hb, 388 pp, 9780434022670

Meeting the Devil: A book of memoir from the London Review of Books edited by William Heinemann

Reviewed by
June–July 2014, no. 362

In his essay on James Bulger, the British toddler murdered by two ten-year-old boys in 1993, novelist Andrew O’Hagan tells the story of his own experience of childhood bullying – as the perpetrator, not the victim. Bulger’s ‘childish child-murderers’ remind him, he avers, of himself as a boy, and with this extraordinary expression of solidarity he launches into an account of the unremarkable violence layered into his own Scottish childhood, beginning with the story of how, at the age of six, he and a friend systematically beat a younger child to the point of serious injury.

The malleableness of memoir

Meeting the Devil: A book of memoir from the London Review of Books

edited by William Heinemann

$49.99 hb, 388 pp, 9780434022670

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