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The Prison Book Club
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The Prison Book Club (Paperback)

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When Ann Walmsley was asked to take part in a book club in a men's prison, she was initially anxious: after a violent mugging a few years before, could she really cope being surrounded by violent criminals? Luckily, curiosity got the better of her, and she signed up for eighteen months of meetings with heavily tattooed inmates, talking about books ranging from The Grapes of Wrath to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. But this wasn't your typical book club - there was no wine and cheese, plush furniture or superficial chat about recent holidays. Classic works of fiction and non-fiction became springboards for frank discussions about loss, anger, redemption and loneliness, and for the men a prized oasis in which to regain a sense of humanity.







In this heart-warming example of the rehabilitative power of reading, follow Graham the biker, Frank the gunman, Ben and Dread the drug dealers, and the robber duo Gaston and Peter as they share ideas and reveal their life stories. The Prison Book Club is unlike anything you've read before.

BiographyMemoirsEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismReportage & collected journalismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyOffendersPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyPenology & punishmentPrisonsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsSocial groups: clubs & societies Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 01/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9781780747835  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ann Walmsley is a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail and Maclean's. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine Awards. She founded her first book club at age nine.

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