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A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner
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A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner (Hardback)

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'Shocking, scathing, entertaining.' Guardian

'Incredibly compelling.' The Times

'Heart-breaking.' Sunday Times



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.

BiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyPenology & punishmentPrisons Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 06/02/2020 ISBN-13: 9781838950156  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Chris Atkins is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker. His documentaries Taking Liberties and Starsuckers were critically acclaimed and made front-page news. He has also worked extensively with Dispatches for Channel 4 and BBC Panorama. Following his release from prison, he is now back in North London, filming documentaries and writing.

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This is a harrowing read in which Chris Atkins tells of his experience inside HMP Wandsworth. As a documentary maker he took to writing a journal as a way of passing the time in his cell. There are many stories within this book which tell of others he encountered during his sentence. There are dark tales, heartbreaking stories and even a dash of humour as Chris adjusts to his new life. Many of the diary entries are shocking beyond belief. I have so many thoughts on the issues raised in this book however I am still working my way through the helpful footnotes. Final point, the epilogue lists the changes Chris would wish to introduce if he was given the opportunity to become justice secretary. It is clear from this that the immediate changes required are fundamental, straightforward and make good sense. We know there is no chance of him being appointed justice secretary. However, is there anyone in power who will read this book, take onboard what is being said and act on this information? I'm hopeful, yet doubtful. What is good to see is there has been a lot of talk regarding the release of this book on TV this week so maybe, just maybe.... I feel that this is a book which could change lives. It could be the start of something! My review can be read in full on my book blog momobookdiary

- 05/02/2020
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