Alex Adams is a critical writer 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.

Latest Writing:

Confronting Britain's Legacy of Torture, a short op-ed published by on 25/11/2019.

His newest critical book, How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario, was published by Repeater Books in September 2019.

In February 2020, he will present The Ticking Bomb Drone Strike: Drone Warfare and Emergency Ethics in Eye in the Sky at The Aesthetics of Drone Warfare, an academic conference at the University of Sheffield.

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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."

– Sam Thomas, Durham University

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Artwork Credit: Johnny Bull, 2019