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Jail Tales: Memoirs Of A 'Lady' Prison Governor

Jail Tales: Memoirs Of A 'Lady' Prison Governor [Kindle Edition]

Chris Duffin , Harry Duffin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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As the first woman governor into HMP Strangeways and the notorious Dartmoor Prison, Governor Chris Duffin was a ground-breaker. In 'Jail Tales' she recounts some of the many stories and incidents from her twenty-year career both as a lowly 'screw' and as a prison governor. Whether it's flying out of the UK with a briefcase full of class A drugs, talking to the BBC News in her nightie, displaying a naked hunk's willy on her office wall, or having Myra Hindley as her tea-lady, these tales will amuse, entertain and definitely change your view of life behind bars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 158 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Cumulus Publishing Limited (17 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M17MTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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HARRY DUFFIN is an award-winning British writer, who was Head of Development at UK independent, Cloud 9, from its foundation in 1994. During that time he was lead writer/script executive responsible for seven major television series, including "Swiss Family Robinson" starring Richard Thomas, and "Twist in the Tale" featuring William Shatner. He is co-creator of the UK Channel Five teen series "The Tribe" which ran for five series, numbering over 260 episodes and which has been sold world-wide. He has recently written the first of a series of novels based on 'The Tribe' , called 'Birth of the Mall Rats.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jail Tales. Chris Duffin 24 Aug 2012
By pompom
At first glance,anyone expecting a full or critical assessment of the current state of prisons in the UK, will not find it in Jail Tales. However, this slender volume is an insightful, amusing and at times revealing 'snapshot' of life within the Prison Service from a female perspective. Chris Duffin worked her way up from the bottom rung, to become the first women Governor in the UK, and although she is obviously a 'tough cookie' her empathy and appreciation of how so many individuals turn to crime due to their damaged backgrounds is obvious. Sadly her passion for 'inmate' education, practical advice and on-going support for those who were in her care, does not seem to fit with the current system where private companies are cutting costs in the interests of profit.
Although each brief chapter, could appear to be just a string of anecdotes, read between the lines and a more powerful and persuasive argument castigating the current UK Prison Service is
clear on almost every page. No wonder she and so many of her contemporaries left the service, but I suspect Her Majesty's Prisons are worse places without them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Telling it like it really is 28 Feb 2012
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Forget "Bad Girls" and don't be put off by the book's cover; this is the real thing. Chris Duffin has captured the blend of humour, pain and pathos that charaterizes most prisons. Her account is quite racey in style but that isn't surprising when you remember the uphill struggle that women used to have to get on in prisons;nobody now thinks it remarkable that a woman should run a large prison though some of the old guard may grumble. While this is an account of her own experience she never boasts or over-eggs the pudding, though she gives herself credit where it is obviously due. Anyone who has worked in prison or been in prison will sense the authenticity of this book for better of for worse; for others who want to see behind the bars and the gates this is a pretty accurate reflection of what prisons can feel like.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly worth buying 25 April 2013
By Geo. E
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If I had known there was only 76 pages I wouldn`t have bothered. I wish my 30 years in the prison service had been as easy as the writers. It is written in a very haphazard way jumping from year to year you never really know where you are. Disappointed and not really recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Touch 6 Mar 2012
A unique, funny and thought provoking glimpse into the life and times of the first female governor of both Dartmoor and Strangeways prisons. A true insider's view of a hidden world that invites the reader to reassess everything they thought they knew about HM Prison Service and the people incarcerated within those walls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book 13 July 2014
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Fascinating to see a book written by a governor that speaks of the situation as applicable now with the state of the service as a few years ago. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 1 Feb 2014
By Vacca
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Good read could of done with more detail.but not bad to be honest read in under 2 hours x x
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great incite on what the first female Gov had to go through, this was a great read, and a book that i had to read every time i had chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would like a part2 as I enjoyed this book 12 May 2013
By Mich
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Enjoyed this book although, I wanted it to be longer, the stories were interesting and yet gave me an insight of the prison service. A good read .
I recommend this book.
It would be great if the author could write another book with lots more stories to tell.
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