The Witch's Cradle

The Witch's Cradle

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 157.2 x 234.7 x 34.3mm | 639.58g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large Print ed
  • 0753165643
  • 9780753165645

Review Text

Fame, and adulation, can be as potent as vast sums of money in the destruction of lives - especially among the socially deprived and hope-less. And where to become most famous, if not on television? Cheryl and Barry are a young, poor couple with two children. Jobless, isolated in a slummy London tower-block, they have little materially to look forward to. When Griffin Productions suggest they make a docu-soap of their stark situation they're tempted. They have nothing, it seems, to lose. Cheryl in particular craves the love and attention thet series promises. All goes well at the start; the Higgins family become national stars until the television team begin to manipulate the situation, to make an 'even better story'; far beyond what Cheryl and Barry initially envisaged. When Cheryl becomes pregnant with her third child the adulation cools. Gradually viewer opinion swings against them. This young, struggling, almost noble couple become instead attention-seeking layabouts, feckless, a burden on the State; and the virtuous public who pay taxes to support them turn nasty. Cheryl and Barry are no longer flavour of the month. Cheryl in particular is no longer 'special' ... the self-righteous lynch-mob is on the march and the rest of the Media join in, gleefully and viciously. That is only the beginning. As the television team become more ingenious, daring and less scrupulous, nudging the story in the direction which will benefit themselves and their careers, the horror spirals, the ruthlessness increases and the family becomes merely a vehicle for sensationalism, helpless victims of other people's ambition. This is a harrowing, sickening, story, Is it exaggerated - over dramatized? Possibly. But it reads with horrid authenticity. And if it hasn't already happened, it well could in the future. We should be vigilant. (Kirkus UK)show more

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