Katharine Quarmby


Scapegoat: How we are failing disabled people is the first British book about disability hate crime in the UK . It examines the roots of our uncomfortable and often hostile attitudes towards disabled people and argues for the official recognition of crimes against disabled people as a hate crime.

Book Details:

  • Author: Katharine Quarmby
  • Published Year: 2011
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Portobello
Katharine Quarmby

Katharine Quarmby

Katharine Quarmby is an award-winning writer, editor and journalist with extensive knowledge of writing and editing across multiple formats. She recently launched a new investigative journalism unit at the human rights organisation Liberty, following working as engagement lead at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, after having been full-time production and digital editor till September 2018. She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London School of Economics (2015-2017), was a contributing writer for Mosaic Science magazine and has worked as a Britain correspondent at the Economist,...
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Book Reviews

  • "She brings to this book a detailed knowledge of numerous horrifying cases of neglect and brutality towards disabled people, based both on her own research and face-to-face interviews with relatives, officials, academics and campaigners. Although her personal visits to the murder locations might seem somewhat frivolous, her book remains genuinely authoritative."
  • "...this is a stomach-turning book – but it must be read."
    Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • "  ... this powerful, compelling and important book… The journalist Katharine Quarmby deserves credit for her campaign to get this country to wake up to the horrors inflicted on people with disabilities in our midst ."
    Evening Standard
  • " excoriating indictment of society…A shocking, challenging call to action."
  • "I cannot imagine reading a more important book this year. "
    Tom Shakespeare
  • "Genuinely authoritative… Quarmby’s sobering conclusion is that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way that disabled people are viewed by society as a whole "
    Scotland on Sunday
  • "  For several years Quarmby has been investigating crimes of violence against Britain’s disabled, and Scapegoat is the outcome of her grim research. What she has uncovered is that disabled people are the victims of murderous attacks just because of their condition, but also that the judicial system frequently treat crimes with a lack of rigour that would be inconceivable if the victims had been singled out because of the colour of their skin."
    Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • "  A shocking and powerful polemic."
    Big Issue in the North.