Dancing with the Octopus (B Format Paperback)

£9.99

A fierce, strikingly redemptive exploration of the impact of traumatic violence on victim, perpetrator and society

SKU: 9781788165174

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION*

'Extraordinary' Kate Mosse

'Electric' Lemn Sissay

'Searing' Julia Samuel

One Omaha winter day in 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knife-point, thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and left to die.

But what if this wasn't the most traumatic, defining event in her childhood?

Undertaking a radical project, Debora Harding dexterously shifts between the past and present to unravel her story. From the immediate aftermath to the possibility of restorative justice twenty years later, Dancing with the Octopus lays bare the social and political forces that act upon us after the experience of serious crime. A vivid, sly and intimate portrait of one family's disintegration, this is a darkly humorous and ground-breaking narrative of reckoning and recovery.