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My book, *Bullycide: Death at Playtime*, in which I identified the lethal syndrome of bully-associated child suicide, named it 'bullycide' and exposed it for the first time, is to be re-released in January 2011 in paperback and ebook by BeWrite Books.
The original release came as a profound shock and prompted positive and immediate action by governments, education authorities, schools and citizen groups around the world. It spawned countless other books, scholarly studies and papers and media campaigns, inspired plays and movies.
So I considered its job done and resisted requests for re-release when it went out of print. But there's been such high demand that I decided to re-think that decision.
The re-release is NOT an update, more a history lesson and a reminder of just how shamefully secret the bullycide epidemic had been up to the end of the last century and publication of the exposé.
As I re-read the original, added a new introduction and proof read, the tears flowed just as freely as when I investigated the unacknowledged problem and wrote the words all those years ago. Memories came rushing back of the shattered families I’d spoken to (most still in a state of shock); of children who could speak only from the grave, having chosen in their pain and desperation to make their statements through a last, desperate action: the chilling statement that life for them was a fate worse than death.
The re-release is timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the first release of *Bullycide: Death at Playtime* and the word 'bullycide' entering the vocabulary, and also with the fifth anniversary of the death of my dear friend, co-author and tireless anti-bullying campaigner to the end, Tim Field.
May kids everywhere have a happy Christmas and a bully-free New Year as we enter the second decade of, hopefully, a more enlightened century.
Last edited by neilmarr (2010-12-19 09:39:16)
Ebook was out on Jan 15 as planned, Kay. Paperback is now available at Amazon (Jan 21) and will kick in at the other major online bookstores over the next few days. You can also order it from pretty well any high street bookshop in the world. It can be a harrowing read, though. In fact the publisher of the first edition insisted on a prominent back cover warning to potential readers who had suffered a bullycide in the family or close friend circle or who had been plagued by extreme bullying themselves in childhood might consider some counselling at the time of reading to help finalise their own trauma. Best wishes. Neil
Oh yes! Thanks for the reminder. (I tried the other day but got discouraged by a Paypal glitch. Will go try again right now....)
And it should be hard-hitting. It'd be difficult to over-emphasise how much the world underemphasises the crisis of a scared kid who doesn't know where to run.
Hya, Kay: There's a hitch with ordering paperbacks (not ebooks) direct from the BeWrite Books site just now caused by Ingram/Lightning Source (our distributor and printer). It's been driving us nuts. But they promise it will be fixed soon. You can go to Amazon, etc or simply drop me a line and I'll send you a copy direct from print depot with our compliments to make up for the bother. Cheers. Neil -- ntmarrATbewrite.net (use the @ sign, of course)
All seems OK again now, Kay. We got confirmation from LS of your order, for instance, and several other UK and US orders as well as some from Canada and Australia. Best wishes. Neil
Today wasn't meant to go like this. I'm supposed to be preparing for an expo tomorrow but I'm reading Bullycide with one eye (talk about co-incidence - that teacher Jo B refers to was the very one that set my life-plan down the road to rebelhood) and I'm reading tweets from Tahrir Square with the other eye. At times like this, human history looks like a constant scroll of tragic deaths of brave and glorious people. If we are so bloody clever, why are we still so bloody stupid?
Something to do with being the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape...