Was it The Truth by Prof. J Scraton?
So what I know is it was written before 2000. It was full of first-hand accounts and the narrative switched back from person to person going through the sequence of the day's events. One was a man whose son died, and he described how much fun his group had on the way to Sheffield, stopping for a shandy and getting some papers to read about the match. One was Trevor Hicks talking about standing in the less-crowded, adjoining pen and pleading with police officers to do something about what was happening, knowing his two daughters were in there, but a cop told him to shut it (get sad and mad at the same time just typing it). Another was Lee Nicol's mother talking about being in hospital with him afterward and Princess Diana visiting them at his bedside before he died.
Yet another first-person account was of an older fan who saw the crowding outside the ground and decided to wait to go in, but who remembered from a previous trip that there were pens to each side of the center entrance that would be less crowded. There was also a man who was in the crush and he described what it was like not being able to move and thinking he was dying, including a girl tapping his foot with hers as that is all she could do (that one account is just about the most powerful thing I've ever seen written).
I'd like to get a copy of the book for my son to read because it was the best thing I"ve seen so far as helping me understand what it was like (as best as someone can who wasn't there). I think it would help him to understand why it is still so important that justice be done.
Any help is appreciated.
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