Alex Adams is a critical writer, musician and novelist living and working in the North East of England. His critical work is about the literary, filmic and popular cultural representation of political torture, surveillance, and global warfare.

His newest critical book, How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario, was published by Repeater Books in September 2019, and will be available in Arabic from Takween Publishing soon.

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Artwork Credit: Johnny Bull, 2019

Image Credit: Amelia Read Photography, 2019

Advance Praise for How to Justify Torture:

"As passionate as it is rigorous... Anyone sickened by the global re-emergence of torture as a ‘tool of justice’ will find resources for resistance here."

– Bob Brecher, University of Brighton

"A must-read book for anyone interested in how the authoritarian turn since 9/11 has been legitimised in popular culture."

– Peter Morey, University of Birmingham


"A timely, thoroughly compelling critique that deserves the widest possible readership."

– Sam Thomas, Durham University

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