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Bang 'em Up [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Kelly
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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What is it like to work in a prison? The best brief description is to liken it to the cult TV series Porridge, as life inside a prison can be both amusing and very sad at times. This book is about my experiences as a prison officer. There have been many books written by prisoners about their time inside. Some are an accurate account of their experience - others are a complete fantasy. Bang Em Up is an accurate view of what prison is really like: how it smells, what is sounds like, the rationale behind some of the many prison rules and regimes, who ends up in prison and just what it is like inside these secret institutions where all life is played out. Bang Em Up will tell it how it really is in prison and will leave it up to the reader to decide on how futile or useful prisons are. It will make you laugh and sometimes shock you. It will give an unprecedented insight into prison life. It will pose challenging questions and reveal the moral dilemmas of the prison regime but, most of all, it will entertain, educate and amuse you.

About the Author

Jeff Kelly has worked as a prison officer for twelve years in a local prison housing some of the country's most dangerous prisoners. He was a hostage negotiator. Jeff's background would never have suggested a career in the prison service and many associates from his past have been on the wrong side of the bars. However it is the life skills learnt on the south London council estates that gave Jeff the skills to perform the role of a prison officer with authority, firmness, fairness and above all with good humour and compassion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Kelly; 1 edition (29 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080HCM2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Kelly has worked as a prison officer for twelve years in a local prison housing some of the country's most dangerous prisoners. He was a hostage negotiator. Jeff's background would never have suggested a career in the prison service and many associates from his past have been on the wrong side of the bars. However it is the life skills learnt on the south London council estates that gave Jeff the skills to perform the role of a prison officer with authority, firmness, fairness and above all with good humour and compassion.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang em Up 14 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Mr Kelly , Clear those landings!!
At last a book that sums up the life of a Prison officer and tells the reader how it really is behind those walls and gates.
From the very start Jeff Kelly's humour spills onto the pages in his accounts of his Prison Officer career and the events that he witnessed and took part in, right up to lights out!
Having served in HMP Prison Service myself and upon reading this book it's the first one that tells the reader how it really is , and for me brought back many memories, I could even smell those wings and cells again.
Read this book and you will not be disappointed and let Jeff Kelly educated you into prison life and the forgotten service.
Help the heroes also.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THE GOPPING ANIMALS AWAY!! 21 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I had the pleasure of working with, I mean attending with the author Mr Kelly at HMP Highdown for a number of years.
He really has captured the way in which both prison officers and prisoners got through each day in a highly charged and stressful environment that few people will ever experience. The main thing that shone through was the sense of humour that staff and prisoners required to carry you through on a daily basis but sadly that was exactly what the senior 'mis-management team', (govnurs) disliked as Mr Kelly most eloquently highlighted and from my experience has completely destroyed what was a service that you were proud to be part of and indeed be proud of wearing the Queens crowns on your shoulders.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants a real and true insight into how one of the countries toughest jails was run by some of the best staff I have had the privilege to work,(attend) alongside. I certainly hope a copy has been left in the 'Library' for the staff to read in their spare time. Well done Mr Kelly, I hope you are making s--t loads!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I have ever read. 14 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can honestly say I have never chuckled to myself whilst reading a book as much as I have reading this one. I too served at the prison in question for the best part of 10 years. Mr Kelly was always someone that would make you smile no matter how bad things seemed. He was always quick with wit and banter whilst always having a knack of annoying the powers that be.
If you have an interest in what it was like to be held at her Majesties Pleasure in the 90's in one of the most modern prisons in the country whilst being entertained, then this book is most definitely for you. This is a fair an accurate portrayal of the way the service used to be, through the eyes of a great officer, it is also the story of how personality and wit can get you through tough and sticky situations.
The book is written in the style of a series of anecdotes, stories, background information and is littered throughout with Jeff's unmistakable sense of humour.
This has to be one of my favourite books ever I recommend it to anyone, especially if you have any connection to HMP High Down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and an essential read 18 Jan 2013
By Tanya
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Having come from the same background as Jeff's book I know that the content is very accurate. For anyone not from this background it is an essential read for the education of society about the challenges that are faced everyday behind those walls. Everyone is affected by crime and therefore should know the truth about how it is mismanaged on a daily basis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insiders view 2 Jan 2013
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I liked the honesty of the writer and the subject matter. Put them both together and it worked very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bang em up 17 Mar 2013
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was like reading about my previous workplace!felt i 'knew' the characters and could associate with the day to day life of the establishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down 20 Aug 2012
By Melly
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Well I am tired why because I started this book and could not put it down had hardly any sleep. Was it worth it yes its a fab read and funny as well I laughed so much reading this book. It really gives you an insight into the prison service and the difficult job they do because lets face it they are the forgotten services which is a shame when you think of the danger and how hard they work etc. This book will really give you some insight into Prisons etc. Excellent book would highly recomend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 30 July 2012
By dazuk
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looking to see what other people do this title is a good insight into the prison service witty sad happy back stabbing and you feel that this person is talking face to face with you highly recomended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I really enjoy this book best book to read could put this book down a must read book love it
Published 2 months ago by deeclee
5.0 out of 5 stars the truth
I to was an officer and found this book to be spot on no one knows what goes on inside the feeling of being worthless because of outdated management governors who are fast tracked... Read more
Published 2 months ago by barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Funny
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found the authors style of writing very simplistic and a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Guards7616
3.0 out of 5 stars Feedback
Free on download on kindle easy read would not have purchased used to add reads whilst on holiday thank you for the free read will continue to use
Published 13 months ago by MRS E OWEN
1.0 out of 5 stars Upsetting read.
Sadly, Mr Kelly demonstrates exactly what is wrong within the prison service.
There is no need to swear at offenders, no need to punch them "preventatively" and no heroism in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lucie
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Should have been good but I found it not very well-written - I didn't like the author's style at all, and it appears that the majority of Prison Officers are drunken thugs who are... Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. Driver
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This book is a real eye opener to what prison is really like. Often the only insight we get is from fictional TV shows or programs that focus on what its like for the prisoners so... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Alice
2.0 out of 5 stars A promising start that quickly disappointed.
Normally I can decide within a couple of chapters if a book is one that I want to finish. This was different. Read more
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