- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Burman Books, Inc. (20 Mar 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 192700540X
- ISBN-13: 978-1927005408
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.7 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
"Shaun's story is the Manchester rave scene meets Wall Street and ends in The Shawshank Redemption" - Jon Ronson author of The Psychopath Test
"If you like Breaking Bad, you will love Shaun's trilogy. Shaun Attwood was the Walter White of the Ecstasy market in Arizona" - DJ Keoki
As told on National Geographic Channel's Banged-Up Abroad "Raving Arizona," Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life.
After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano.
On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked his door down. He ended up in the jail with the highest rate of death in America, where not only gang members but even guards were murdering prisoners. Shaun documented the conditions using a golf pencil sharpened on the door: dead rats in the food, the techniques he used to sleep with cockroaches crawling on him, gang mayhem and violence... His aunt smuggled his writing out of the jail, and his blog, Jon's Jail Journal, turned the international media spotlight on the conditions.
Facing a life sentence, Shaun entered a lengthy legal battle. After two years of being held on remand, Shaun was convicted of drug offences. He was sentenced to 9½ years, and served almost 6.
Shaun had only read finance books prior to his arrest. While incarcerated, he submerged himself in literature - reading over 1000 books, including many classics. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour.
Shaun was released in December 2007, and continues to campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He keeps Jon's Jail Journal going by posting stories mailed to him by his prison friends.
In July 2008, he won a Koestler award for a short story, which he read to an audience at the Royal Festival Hall.
Shaun presently lives near London, and talks to audiences of young people across the UK and Europe about his experiences and the consequences of getting involved in drugs and crime.
Shaun's life story is the English Shaun Trilogy, with Hard Time (2010) as the middle volume. The prequel is Party Time (2013). The sequel is Prison Time (2014). Shaun's fourth book is a self-help called Lessons from a Drug Lord. The blog entries Shaun wrote in the maximum-security Madison Street jail are available as an ebook: Jon's Jail Journal.
Shaun is available for interviews and Skype discussions with book clubs.