Carthage by Chris Thompson

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'He was scared shitless every minute he was in there.

And he knew. He knew you lot was after him.'

Tommy Anderson was born in a prison, and he died in one too. The last moments of his life are recorded on CCTV, and yet no one can answer the simple question: whose fault was it?

His mother Anne blames Marcus, the guard who was

supposed to be looking after him. Marcus, acquitted by the

courts but tormented by his part in Tommy's death, wants the

family’s social worker to admit to the role she played. And

social worker Sue can’t work out when it was she stopped


Piecing together a boy’s life and death in care, Carthage asks who should raise our children when the systems designed to protect them can be as abusive as the situations from which they were rescued.

Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd ISBN: 9781783195688 Pages: 80