The Hounding of David Oluwale

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Publisher's Synopsis

'David Oluwale's story has a raw power...and Kester Aspden makes it relevant for the reader of today' Mishal Husain

An award-winning microhistory that examines the death of David Oluwale and institutionalised police racism in Britain.


When, in May 1969, the body of David Oluwale was found in the River Aire near Leeds, few questions were asked about the circumstances of his death. Oluwale was homeless and had spent time in a psychiatric hospital, an immigrant from Nigeria who was trapped in a system that had failed him miserably.

Eighteen months later a lengthy campaign of harassment by two Leeds policemen was uncovered - Oluwale became national news in Britain, and a symbol for its black community. This extraordinary book draws on original archival material only recently released to revisit one of the most chilling crimes in British history, and at the same time raises questions as relevant today as they were at the end of the sixties.

Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2008

'Aspden's painstaking research, empathetic approach and ability to weave together a vivid wider social critique show Oluwale was done a terrible disservice' Metro

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Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099506171
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 364.1523092
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 255
Weight: 196g
Height: 198mm
Width: 133mm
Spine width: 17mm