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  • Borstal Boyby Brendan Behan

    Random House 2009; US$ 14.38

    'I have him bitched, balloxed and bewildered, for there's a system and a science in taking the piss out of a screw and I'm a well-trained man at it.' So writes Brendan Behan, poet, writer and literary legend, of the episode that coloured his life. Arrested in Liverpool as an agitator for the IRA, he was tried and sent to reform school.... more...

  • Marching Powderby Rusty Young

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2007; US$ 13.63

    Rusty Young, a twenty-something Australian law graduate, was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, an English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. When Rusty met Thomas, they formed a surprising yet instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences... more...

  • No More Tomorrowsby Kathryn Bonella; Schapelle Corby

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 17.58

    It was meant to be a two-week holiday to celebrate her sister's birthday, but for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. Arrested at Denpasar airport after marijuana was found in her luggage, she became the victim of every traveller's darkest fear. Over four kilograms of drugs had been planted in her bag after she'd checked it in and she... more...

  • Hard Timeby Shaun Attwood

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 15.98

    Using a golf pencil sharpened on a cell wall, Shaun Attwood wrote one of the first prison blogs, Jon's Jail Journal , excerpts of which were published in The Guardian and attracted international media attention. Brought up in England, Shaun took his business degree to Phoenix, Arizona, where he became an award winning stockbroker and... more...

  • Hell's Prisonerby Christopher Parnell

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 12.78

    Prepare yourself for a journey into the indonesian penal system, a world where murder, torture and fights to the death are the norm. Hell's Prisoner is the powerful story of one man's battle to survive in some of the world's cruellest and most inhumane prisons. Christopher Parnell, wrongly accused of drug trafficking, found himself catapulted... more...

  • Executed on a Technicalityby David Dow

    Beacon Press 2005; US$ 21.00

    When David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty. He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured: from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers; from racist juries and backward judges to a highly arbitrary death penalty... more...

  • The Damage Doneby W Fellows

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 12.78

    Think about the most wretched day of your life. Maybe it was when someone you loved died, or when you were badly hurt in an accident, or a day when you were so terrified you could scarcely bear it. No imagine 4,000 of those days in one big chunk. In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted in Thailand of heroin trafficking and was sentenced... more...

  • Banged Up Abroad: Hellholeby James Miles; Paul Loseby

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 12.78

    'There are 3,000 drugged-up psychopaths, armed to the teeth with blades, shooters and bombs. That's the only way I can describe Yare. It's a murderous viper's nest of assassins, cut throats and killers.' When James Miles and his best friend Paul Loseby were caught smuggling ten kilos of cocaine out of Caracas, Venezuela, they couldn't... more...

  • Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literatureby Yenna Wu; Simona Livescu; Ramsey Scott; Susan Slyomovics; Eugenio Di Stefano; R Shareah Taleghani; Philip F. Williams

    Lexington Books 2011; US$ 84.99

    This volume brings together a broad collection of scholarly essays that remind us that, while cruelty is a shared human trait, so too is the human capacity for creativity, eloquence, and courage in the face of such cruelty. These studies treat the aesthetics of the prison experience in the most sensitive and erudite terms. Focusing on the Middle East,... more...

  • Life on the Outsideby Jennifer Gonnerman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 18.99

    Jennifer Gonnerman is a prizewinning staff writer for The Village Voice . She has also written for The New York Times Magazine and many other publications. Her article on which Life on the Outside is based won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2001. more...