Thanks to those kind people at Canongate, CRT has a copy of David Simon and Ed Burns book The Corner to give away to one lucky winner. Just enter the on-line competition below.

The Corner: A Year In The Life Of An Inner-City Neighbourhood was originally published in 1997, written by Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon and former Baltimore homicide detective Ed Burns. You'll know them better as the creators of The Wire. Much of the reportage that went into The Wire began its formation with The Corner. It's a devastating portrait of the American drugs war and was the eventual inspiration for an Emmy Award-winning mini-series made by HBO in 2000.

David Simon honours his Baltimore Sun editor John Sterling in coming up with the notion that he could create a reportage out of observing a street corner in Baltimore. Sterling knew that Simon would find an inspiring story in the open-air drug markets of the neighbourhood and eventually Simon and Burns spent three years working with the local community on the Fayette and Monroe streets.

The Corner details a year in the life of an inner city drugs market and Simon and Burns observed and interviewed those that lived on the Fayette and Monroe corner.  The book is non-fiction despite it being wriiten in a novelistic style. It uses real names, real people and covers actual events. The major 'characters' are Gary McCullough, a drug addict, his ex-wife Fran Boyd, also an addict, and their son DeAndre McCullough, a high school student who begins to sell drugs. The book is a searing examination of how drugs, addiction, the trade and the social and political war on them impacts on an urban neighborhood. It's also a deconstruction of the sociological factors which underpin the modern drugs trade. As you read it, the brilliance of the book lies in how deeply sympathetic you become towards all these 'characters'.

The Corner: A Year In The Life Of An Inner-City Neighbourhood - David Simon & Ed Burns (Canongate - Published March 4th 2010 - ISBN: 9781847673183 - Format: Paperback)

Here's a review of The Wire: Truth Be Told

Cathode Ray Tube has a copy of The Corner to give away. This competition is courtesy of Canongate Books.
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Question:  Who played DeAndre McCullough in the HBO mini-series adaptation of The Corner?


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