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Artwork Credit: Johnny Bull, 2019

Image Credit: Amelia Read Photography, 2019

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

My newest critical book, How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario, was published by Repeater Books in September 2019. The audiobook, published by Blackstone Publishing, is avaliable on Audible, and the Arabic translation will be available from Takween Publishing soon.

My first book, Political Torture in Popular Culture: The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate, was reissued by Routledge as a paperback in December 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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