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Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture

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Cruel Britannia book coverIn ‘Cruel Britannia’, Ian Cobain explores Britain’s role in the development and use of torture. Drawing on previously unseen official documents, Freedom of Information requests and the accounts of witnesses, victims and experts, Cobain uncovers a shocking record of systematic torture, from WWII to the ‘War or Terror’, via Kenya and Northern Ireland. What emerges is a picture of Britain that challenges complacency on human rights and exposes some stark truths.

Ian Cobain is an investigative reporter with the Guardian. His inquiries into the UK’s involvement with torture since 9/11 have won the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He has also won several Amnesty International Media awards and a Liberty award.


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