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Norman Parker
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19 May 2006
Norman Parker spent twenty-five years of his life in a high security Category A prison. Convicted of murder and manslaughter in the 1970s, he was sentenced to life at the notorious Parkhurst Prison. An institution filled with the most sinister and violent criminals, Parkhurst is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Norman Parker has certainly seen a lot during his time on the inside, and this is his complete collection of tales from behind the bars. During his gruelling years on the inside, he encountered some of the highest-profile criminals in Britain, from the Kray twins to the Great Train Robbers. With so many dangerous characters, and their deep and dark pasts, there are plenty of stories to tell. From a real-life Hannibal Lector and his murderous cannibal past to a petty thief whose experiences in prison turned him into a brutal and cold-hearted killer. The IRA bomber who deems theft as morally wrong and Vic, a loose cannon who proved that prison was no safer than the outside world as inmates feared for their lives. "The Complete Parkhurst Tales" is a shockingly powerful and intimate portrayal of the prison system is filled with Norman Parker's sharp intelligence and witty observations on every aspect of the secret world in one of Britain's toughest jails.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; 1st Paperback Edition edition (19 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857825926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857825923
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norman Parker was released from prison after 24 continuous years in prison. Reading about his experiences in Parkhurst Tales is an often shocking yet powerful experience.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great books for one great price on Kindle 9 Feb 2012
By Andrew
Format:Kindle Edition
This book, The Complete Parkhurst Tales by Norman Parker, is an omnibus edition, comprising both of his books, Parkhurst Tales and Parkhurst Tales 2.

I first read both of these books when they were first published and very much enjoyed Norman's tales of life inside - recommended for anyone interested in crime and prison, or even just a side of humanity that most of us don't experience personally.

At it's current price on Kindle (a little under three pounds) its great value, whether you're reading these fresh or are enjoying re-reading them as I am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True indeed 20 Aug 2012
By John
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In trying to deal with some of my own past, Norman's take on life inside the notorious Parkhurst has helped me relive the sort of times I had tried to put behind me. Norman has hit the nail on the head with this account of life in Parkhurst, and I thank him for it. Sometimes we need to re-visit the demons we thought we had left behind so that we can finally put them to rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gives a Good Reflection of Prison 'Life' 2 May 2012
By Edd
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If you want to read about a mouse called 'Horace' whom the inmates in 'the chokey' try and fail to catch using a hankey, some string and a piece of cheese, or an old Jock who jumps the dinner queue, then this is book for you. The most interesting part of the book was the Foreword.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling exciting read! 9 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
A fantastic read, this book pulls you in straight away.

Norman's descriptive writing pulls you back in time and you feel like your doing "bird" with him.

There are such alot of interesting characters and incidents that happen in this book, it will certainly make you laugh.

I would recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 19 July 2013
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Well worth reading. Gave a very good insight to these prisoners, has made me look for biographies like the Krays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parkhurst 6 July 2013
By val
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A great read kept my husband quiet for ages which makes a change I will buy him more Parkhurst tales
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete parkhurst Tales. 2 Mar 2013
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A Very good read. I Really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I think it gives a very good insight into these Terrible institutions.
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