Hillsborough: The Truth Book Launch with Phil Scraton
Date: Thursday 28 July 2016
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15 April 1989: 96 men, women and children were killed at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Stadium. Hundreds were injured, many more traumatised. Twenty-seven years later an inquest jury concluded they were killed unlawfully - the police were held primarily responsible, the fans exonerated.
Phil Scraton’s seminal book, Hillsborough: The Truth, including three new chapters written since the inquest and the verdicts, details three decades of struggle by bereaved families and survivors leading to the Hillsborough Independent Panel, the quashing of the original inquest verdicts and new investigations into the police. Compelling and harrowing, it draws on personal interviews, thousands of documents and in-depth analyses of all legal proceedings, revealing how the interests of ordinary people are ignored when those in authority sacrifice truth and deny accountability to protect their reputations.
Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Director of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative. His work on Hillsborough includes two substantial reports: Hillsborough and After: The Liverpool Disaster (1990) and No Last Rights: The Promotion of Myth and the Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster (1995). Hillsborough: The Truth was first published in 1999, second revised edition in 2000 and third revised edition in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed by the Home Secretary to the Hillsborough Independent Panel to lead the panel’s research team, based at Queen’s University, and he is primary author of Hillsborough: The Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel (2012). He was seconded to the Hillsborough families’ legal teams throughout the new inquests, 2014-2016. He was research consultant for Dan Gordon’s EMMY nominated BBC/ESPN film Hillsborough. In September 2016 he is to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
Brian Readeis an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who has two weekly opinion columns, one on sports, for theDaily Mirror. He has published two books, 43 Years with the Same Bird, An Epic Swindle, is a passionate Liverpool FC supporter and has always, personally and through his journalism, campaigned in support of the Hillsborough Families.
‘This book is dynamite. A brilliant achievement. Passionate and committed yet meticulously researched and fiercely intelligent.’ Jimmy McGovern, Playwright and Director
‘Of this I am sure – the full truth about Hillsborough would never have been known were it not for his meticulous efforts over many years, turning over stones that others have walked passed. Professor Scraton has done a huge service not just to the Hillsborough families, but to this country.’Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary