NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY 3651
FIRST PRINTING DECEMBER 1977
'That's it, folks. Roll up and see the infamous Ina Murray. Get your tickets here, missus. Watch her give 'em knuckle. If you're very good and applaud loudly she'll even smash a glass in some bloke's face. That's terrific. It's the greatest. Ina rules, okay!'
Ina Murray has become a problem. Beaten by her father, she has learned to hate; humiliated at school, she has learned to 'fight for her rights'; brutalised at an approved school, she has learned to terrorise and maim. Now, at eighteen, Ina faces a charge of malicious wounding, even 'intent to kill'. And only now do social workers and probation officers attempt to discover what brought Ina to that vicious combat of bicycle chain and copper wire amid a circle of cheering supporters.
'Girls used only to resort to psychological bullying...Now they're moving in gangs and using bicycle chains, knives and clubs. In fact they're beginning to behave in a way once only associated with the roughest of boys.'
-HENRY CLOVER, PRESS OFFICER OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS