Hillsborough: The Truth

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Hillsborough: The Truth is acclaimed as the definitive book on the context, circumstances and aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster which claimed the lives of 96 men, women and children. Hundreds were injured, many seriously, and thousands traumatised by an avoidable tragedy on a beautiful early Spring day in April 1989.
Twenty-seven years later, in April 2016, following the longest inquests in legal history, a jury concluded that those who died had been unlawfully killed. Its narrative verdict was damning, its 25 findings heavily criticising the South Yorkshire Police, the stadium owners, the safety engineers, the local authority and the ambulance service. It exonerated the fans.
Drawing on personal accounts and in-depth research carried out by the author from the days after the disaster to inquest verdicts Hillsborough: The Truth exposes how the bereaved families and survivors were failed by successive investigations and inquiries. It considers the impact and consequences of these institutional failures, the negative press coverage and the origins and promotion of the myth that those who died and survived were responsible.
In this latest edition the author draws on his work as head of research for the Hillsborough Independent Panel and principal author of its ground-breaking report published in September 2012. He shows how the report’s 153 findings led to a full apology to the families from the Prime Minister, the establishment of a new criminal investigation and the largest ever investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The inquest verdicts were quashed and new inquests followed, 2014-2016.
The final chapter presents the compelling ‘inside story’ of the inquests from their preliminary hearings through to the recent verdicts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRandom House
Number of pages493
ISBN (Print)9781910948019
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • Hillsborough Disaster

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