A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins audiobook
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A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner

By Chris Atkins
Read by Chris Atkins

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio 9781838950156

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781713578550

  • ISBN: 9781713578550

Runtime: 9.53 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes? Which British education system struggles with 50% illiteracy? Where do teetotal Muslims attend AA meetings? Where is it easier to get “spice” than aspirin? Where does self-harm barely raise an eyebrow?

Welcome to Her Majesty’s Prison Service, a creaking and surreal world that has been left to rot for decades in the shadows of polite society. Documentary-maker Chris Atkins, like most people, 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 oldest, largest, and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.

Horrifying, moving, and darkly funny, this is the unvarnished depiction of what he found. With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to corrupt screws to senior officials bent on endless (and fruitless) reform, this is the reality behind the locked gates.

Full of incredible and hilarious stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals the true scale of our prison crisis and why it is costing us all.

Includes exclusive bonus chapter, available only from Audible.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There has been a good deal of excellent writing, in the last few years, about jail and African-American men. I’m thinking especially of Solitary, Albert Woodfox’s amazing memoir about four decades spent in solitary confinement at Angola, and Felon, Reginald Dwayne Betts’s book of poems. Atkins’s book, A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner, is a different, less harrowing sort of volume. But it’s a good one. He’s a sensitive observer, sober but alert to wincing varieties of humor. He’s not one of those people who, in T.S. Eliot’s phrase, ‘had the experience but missed the meaning.’” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Chris Atkins

Author Bio: Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins is a British journalist and documentary film maker. He has made several fiction feature films, feature-length documentaries, and television documentaries.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 9.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English