A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner (Hardback)Chris Atkins (author)
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'Funny, shocking and powerful.' The Secret Barrister
'Fabulous. A must-read insight into why prison doesn't work.' Jon Snow
Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes? Where is it easier to get 'spice' than paracetamol? Where does self-harm barely raise an eyebrow?
Welcome to Her Majesty's Prison Service. Like most people, documentary-maker Chris Atkins didn't spend much time thinking about prisons. But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film, he was sent down for five years. His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.
With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to senior officials bent on endless reform, this powerful memoir uncovers the horrifying reality behind the locked gates. Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 225 x 148 mm
Heartbreaking and hilarious. * Christie Watson - bestselling author of The Language of Kindness *
Gripping, warm and empathetic. Atkins exposes the shocking gap between what politicians claim about prison and the humiliating reality. You'll roar with laughter before turning to deep despair. * Isabel Hardman - author of Why We Get the Wrong Politicians *
Powerful and highly readable. * Peter Dawson - Director of the Prison Reform Trust and former prison governor *
Fabulous. Candid, funny and never self-pitying, this is a must-read insight into why prison simply doesn't work. * Jon Snow - presenter, Channel 4 News *
Absolutely extraordinary. Heartbreaking without being self-pitying, shocking without being gratuitous and, of course, very, very funny. * John Niven - novelist and screenwriter *
Shocking, funny, and very moving. * Mark Thomas - comedian *
Honest and authentic. Atkins perfectly captures the madness, hope and despair of prison. Please read this. * Professor David Wilson - founding Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University and former prison governor *
An important, urgent and entertaining memoir. It made me laugh, cry my eyes out and think hard, not only about forgiveness, but about love and life in general. An essential read. * Sathnam Sanghera - bestselling author of The Boy with the Topknot *
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