Books Non-Fiction Reviews

Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son by Gordon Burn

November 2, 2018

Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son is perhaps the most terrifying book I've read. It's a biographical account of the life of Peter Sutcliffe, otherwise known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Burn takes us from his childhood right up to the moment he was sentenced for his crimes. Covering everything from his jobs as a youth, his married life and his family.

The detail was astounding. I can't recall how long it took Burn to collate all this information but it must've been a very long time. Often there tends to be a theme among 'true crime' novels where they're somewhat exaggerated. Burn's didn't fall into this category which is why I found it such a compelling read. There was nothing beyond the facts, though his opinion of the case certainly shone through regardless. I learnt so much from this novel. I was aware of the Yorkshire Ripper and his actual name but not the finer details of his case. To read about the difficulties the police had, the public and of course how the sex workers had to live at the time was unbelievable.

This novel was absolutely fascinating and thought I can't say it's an enjoyable read, simply because of the topic matter it certainly makes you think.

A must read for anyone with an interest in this field.


Name: Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son

Author(s): Gordon Burn

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Pages: 354

ISBN: 978-0-571-22283-8

Rating: 5/5

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Katie x

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