Show me the Bodies: How we let Grenfell Happen by Peter Apps
In the world of literature, there are books that entertain, books that educate, and then there are those rare books that profoundly move you. "Show Me the Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen" by Peter Apps is one of those exceptional works that not only educates but also brings you to tears. It's a haunting account of the Grenfell Tower fire, a disaster that unfolded on June 14, 2017, and left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of people around the world.
On Monday the 21st of August we held a BookshopLATES... event with Author Peter Apps and PPRIAS Christina Gaiger to discuss the events of June 14th which led to the books publication.
Peter Apps, in his poignant narrative, peels back the layers of this disaster to expose the shocking truth. He reveals how a steady stream of deregulation, corporate greed, and institutional indifference sowed the seeds of this tragedy. It's a heart-wrenching account of a grieving community abandoned by the very government meant to protect them—a community that is still waiting for justice and change.
"Show Me the Bodies" is not just a book; it's a wake-up call. It forces us to confront the uncomfortable truths about our society and the systems that are supposed to safeguard us. It's a stark reminder that disasters like Grenfell can happen when we prioritise profit over people and when we fail to hold those in power accountable for their actions, or lack thereof.
Despite his admitted cynicism Peter Apps' narrative style is both compelling and compassionate. He weaves together personal stories, expert analysis, and meticulous research to paint a vivid picture of the events leading up to the Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath. His writing is not just about pointing fingers but also about honouring the memories of those who perished and shedding light on the issues that still plague our society.