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Hardback:A Bit of a Stretch: The diaries of a prisoner:2020 Hardback A Bit of a Stretch: The diaries of a prisoner
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Author: Atkins, Chris
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Media Hardback
Classification: 365.6092
Publisher: Atlantic Books, 2020
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 183895015X 9781838950156
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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 - and why you should care.
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I read this during the 2020 lockdown but there were no similarities between staying at home and locked up in Wandsworth Prison. A very interesting read of a white middleclass man jailed for five years. The book related his first few months in Wandsworth and it appears he got an easier time than many. He was not a drug user or suffered from previous mental health issues although from the report he gave the majority of inmates suffer from 1 or both. He volunteers for every job he can usually because he can use them to his advantage. There is a lot of statistics in the book and it shows that the rose tinted view of many including politicians are false. Conditions resemble the 18th century with men locked up for up to 23 hours a day. Ignorance of mental health issues and a blind eye turned to drug taking. Not an easy read but an interesting one. I'm so glad I can move freely in my house and garden, eat and make a drink when I feel like it and not live in fear of my cell mates.
06/05/20
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eAudio:A bit of a stretch:2020.:Unabridged ed. eAudio
Author: Atkins, Chris.
Year: 2020.
Language: English
Media eAudio
Edition: Unabridged ed.
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Electronic material
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Large print:A Bit of a Stretch, The diaries of a prisoner:2020:Large print ed. Large print
Author: Atkins, Chris
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media Large print
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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eBook:A bit of a stretch, the secret diaries of a prisoner:2020 eBook
Author: Atkins, Chris, 1976-
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media eBook
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Electronic material
1 online resource (336 pages) (ePub ebook)
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