The Crime Writers' Association

Gold - Non-fiction 2015

Iain Overton
Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey Into the World of the Gun
shortlisted
Canongate

Amazon

‘A brilliantly researched journey, capturing the gun’s strangely accepted place in human life and, far too often, death’ JON SNOW EVERY MINUTE, OF EVERYDAY, SOMEONE SOMEWHERE IS SHOT There are almost one billion guns across the globe today – more than ever before. There are 12 billion bullets produced every year – almost two bullets for every person on this earth. And as many as 500,000 people are killed by them ever year worldwide. The gun’s impact is long-reaching and often hidden. And it doesn’t just involve the dead, the wounded, the suicidal and the mourning. It involves us all. Gun Baby Gun takes the award-winning investigative journalist Iain Overton on a shocking and eye-opening journey to over 25 countries. Meeting people affected by guns from all walks of life – porn starlets who appear as snipers in XXX films, Zionist anti-terror gun trainers, El Salvadoran gangland killers – he unearths some hard truths about the terrible realities of war and gun crime. Harrowing.

Iain Overton is Director of Investigations at the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence and an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked in over eighty countries around the world. Reporting from the killing zones of Columbia, Iraq and Somalia, as a filmmaker he has made films for the BBC, ITN and Al Jazeera, as well as working with the Guardian, the Independent and the Sunday Times. His journalism has won a Peabody Award, two Amnesty Awards and a BAFTA Scotland, among others. He was also founding editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Gun Baby Gun is his first book.