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A quiet English town is left reeling when twelve-year-old Daniel Blake is discovered to have brutally murdered his schoolmate Felicity Forbes.
For provincial solicitor Leo Curtice, the case promises to be the most high profile – andmorally challenging - of his career. But as he begins his defence Leo is unprepared for the impact the public fury surrounding Felicity’s death will have on his family - and his teenage daughter Ellie, above all.
While Leo struggles to get Daniel to open up, hoping to unearth the reasons for the boy’s terrible crime, the build-up of pressure on Leo’s family intensifies. As the case nears its climax, events will take their darkest turn. For Leo, nothing will ever be the same again . . .
1. After Leo’s first meeting with Daniel Blake, he describes his client to his colleagues as looking ‘[just] like a scared little boy’. Why do you think this provokes such a scathing reaction, even before Daniel has been convicted of a crime?
2. Leo is warned by his boss that the Daniel Blake case will be ‘like nothing you have experienced before’. Why is Leo so quick to dismiss Howard’s concerns? Is he being naive? Reckless? Or realistic that the public will realise he is not necessarily ‘on Daniel Blake’s side’?