Jimmy Paperback

How a Tragic Murder Has Inspired Hope & Change for Good

by Barry Mizen; Justin Butcher; Margaret Mizen;

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How the Mizen family's tragedy has inspired them to change Britain's broken communities and bring hope

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Read the heart-wrenching story of the Mizen family and how the tragic murder of their beloved son has inspired them to change Britain’s broken communities.

On the 10th May, the morning after his 16th birthday, Jimmy Mizen went out to buy his very first lottery ticket. 3 and a half minutes later, he was dead. No parent should ever go through the heart-ache of losing a child. But what happens if they do? How do you come to turns with such a tragedy? And does faith count for anything?

This emotion-filled book, written by his parents Margret and Brain Mizen, tells the story of Jimmy’s last day and the devastating effect that rippled through the family and local community. But refusing to finish the story in tragedy, you are invited to read on and be inspired by the family’s redemption. The Mizens understand that anger breeds anger. On that dreadful day Jimmy’s attacker released anger – now the Mizen’s release peace.

Be strengthened by reading the astonishing achievements the Mizens have done in their beloved son's name:
The Jimmy Mizen Foundation – Jimmy’s parents set up this charity in his name as a positive way to remember their son. They run awareness projects, speak in schools and prisons, commissioned ‘Jimmy Buses’ to transport local young people, and run a community café in South London.

The City Safe Havens Scheme – Empowers young people to work with shop keepers to provide places of safety in the city. This scheme encourages communication between young people, over 350  local business within London, and the police by providing safe havens for anyone who feels under threat or intimidated.

Families United – Brings together family’s who have lost a child to violent crime, to grieve together, to campaign, and to be a voice to for change in government policy and our society.

There is some use of strong language in recapturing conversations from the event.

Jimmy by Barry Mizen; Justin Butcher; Margaret Mizen was published by Lion Hudson in April 2013 and is our 22816th best seller. The ISBN for Jimmy is 9780745955797.

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The morning after his 16th birthday Jimmy Mizen, a popular lad and gentle giant at 6’4”, went out to buy his first lottery ticket. A few minutes later, he was dead. Fatally wounded in an unprovoked assault in the local bakery, Jimmy bled to death in his brother’s arms as horrified friends and family gathered.

This book, written by his parents, Margaret and Barry Mizen, tells the story of Jimmy's death and the devastating effect on their large family. It also describes how this “ordinary” couple from an “ordinary” family embarked on a very extraordinary journey. Over three short years, the Mizens have made astonishing achievements in their son's memory: through the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, the City Safe Havens scheme and Families United, they have embraced a powerful vocation, as “peace ambassadors” to broken communities.

There is some use of strong language in recapturing conversations from the event.
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"This is a unique book, eloquent, moving and challenging to everyone who reads it. Margaret speaks from her heart: a heart of profound compassion and empathy; born out of deep love and terrible suffering and fashioned every day by her lumionous faith. This is a book we should all read." - Archbishop Vincent Nichols

"Learning about Margaret and her family, including of course, Jimmy, has solidified my view that the world is made up of far more good people than bad. Despite the devastating loss of their son and the resulting ever-present void, Margaret and Barry have shown remarkable tolerance and understanding, and a determination to spread and promote something which will benefit all our communities and each and every one of us – peace.  Their kindness of heart and courage have already achieved so much and I have no doubt will continue to do so." - Kate Mccann
"The book is real testament of  Mother's love. Written with honesty, emotion and love. I cannot begin to imagine her pain but I am inspired by her determination and strength to bring something good from something so tragic. A must read book." - Martina Cole
"You'll be shocked, angered and profoundly moved by this telling of Jimmy Mizen's story.  His life and death, matched here with the powerful and challenging words of his family, will stay with you for a long time." - Simon Mayo

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Details for Jimmy

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (April 2013)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages208
Thickness19 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4019381
Page last updated 20th December 2017
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