How the Trouble Started by Robert Williams

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How the Trouble Started is an unnerving read which raises questions about innocence and culpability. Yet, for all its sadness, it vouchsafes a cautious optimism at its close.
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The police were involved over the trouble. They had to be. 'I was just playing,' I told them, but that wasn't enough. They wanted to know what I understood by 'intent'.

Donald Bailey is sixteen. He can't forget the trouble that happened when he was eight, when the police were called. His mother can't forget either and even leaving their home town doesn't help. Then Donald befriends Jake, who is eight years old and terrifyingly vulnerable. As he tries to protect him, Donald fails to see the most obvious danger. And that the trouble might be closer than
he thinks...

Following Robert Williams's prize-winning debut Luke and Jon, How the Trouble Started is a dark, gripping novel about childhood, morality and the loneliness of children and adults. Told with Robert Williams's characteristic warmth, humanity and deceptively light touch, it is a story about how our best and worst intentions can lead us astray, and the moments we can never leave behind.

 

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Robert Williams is the Director of the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J., the world's premier institution for the preservation and celebration of golf's rich history. He is a former professional golfer and lighting designer who has spent many years managing the design, construction and operation of museums and other non-profit organizations. Michael Trostel is the Senior Curator and Historian of the USGA Museum. He is responsible for developing historical content and managing research activities at the Museum and serves as a writer at several championships each year.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 233 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Shena Mackay on Sep 07 2012

How the Trouble Started is an unnerving read which raises questions about innocence and culpability. Yet, for all its sadness, it vouchsafes a cautious optimism at its close.

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Reviewed by James Purdon on Jul 14 2012

Even when we finally learn what happened to the toddler, we still don't know quite which of two versions of the story to believe – but then, nor does Donald.

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