Give a Boy a Gun Paperback

One Man's Journey from Killing to Peace-Making

by Alistair Little;

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Give a Boy a Gun

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What turns an ordinary boy growing up in a loving family into a man of violence, and then what helps him turn his back on bloodshed? Give a Boy a Gun is the powerful story of Alistair Little, a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force who, aged seventeen, killed a man. He is now involved in conflict transformation and peace-building through storytelling, and has shared a platform with the Dalai Lama Too young to receive a life sentence, Alistair served 12-years of an indeterminate sentence in Long Kesh and the H-blocks. During that time, he began the slow and painful journey away from 'terrorism' to work internationally with the survivors of violent conflict. This is not just a book about Northern Ireland. The horrors of Alistair's youth are shared by hundreds of young men caught up in situations of conflict across the world. In retelling his story, he explores the factors that turn a boy brought up in a stable loving family into a 'terrorist', and then transforms his violence into a deeper understanding of the 'enemy' and what it means to be humane in the context of conflict.
Alistair's story and that of the brother of the man he shot dead form the basis of a major BBC drama, Five Minutes of Heaven, starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt. The book has been written with Ruth Scott, a writer, broadcaster and Anglican priest, who is involved, here and abroad, in the use of storytelling for people living with experiences of violent conflict.

Give a Boy a Gun by Alistair Little was published by Darton Longman & Todd in January 2009. The ISBN for Give a Boy a Gun is 9780232527636.

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Details for Give a Boy a Gun

Page last updated 30th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherDarton Longman & Todd (January 2009)
Number of Pages224
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1901692
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