From gangs to murder for Chch author

22:17, Sep 28 2013
Jarrod Gilbert
GANGS EXPERT: Jarrod Gilbert is planning a new book on murder.

Christchurch author Jarrod Gilbert is planning a new book, examining murders in New Zealand.

 As part of his PhD thesis, Gilbert spent 10 years with New Zealand gangs researching his book Patched: The history of Gangs in New Zealand, which recently won the New Zealand Post Book Awards People's Choice Award.

He has launched a Facebook page - Murder: A New Zealand History - to begin writing and researching for his next book.

''I want to take interested people through the process as to how the book is researched and written. For me it's a tough, torturous process, from a concept through to the finished product," he said.

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''Certain murders have gripped New Zealand, titillating, outraging, or sharply dividing the public. Most often, a great deal is known about these events but Murder will look at more than the events themselves by examining what these killings say about New Zealand and how they reflected our society at the time."

Gilbert has worked alongside the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand police and key experts at UC, including criminologist Professor Greg Newbold, which will give him an advantage in accessing participants in the research.

The ideas for his project have been matured by discussions with a number of key people from long-standing police detectives to Queen's Counsel lawyers and history and sociology academics, he said.

The Press