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Blake Morrison talks to Michael Buerk

As If

Hay Festival 1997, 
John Major's comment on the killing of James Bulger - "We must condemn a little more, and understand a little less" - drives Morrison's search for the "Why?" of the case in his experience of the trail, and in his own autobiographical recollections of childhood. He talks to Michael Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze, about how and why two boys killed another? Whether childhood innocence is a myth? And what punishment could fit such a crime - assuming that children are fit to stand trial. Morrison's And when did you last see your father? won the Waterstones/Esquire non-fiction award.