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Prison Time [Paperback]

Shaun Attwood
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27 Feb 2014

Prison Time, the sequel to Hard Time, is the story of Shaun Attwood's journey through the Arizona Department of Corrections and his deportation to England.

Sentenced to nine years in Arizona's state prison for distributing Ecstasy, 'English Shaun' Attwood finds himself living among gang members, sexual predators and drug-crazed psychopaths. After being attacked by a 20-stone California biker in for stabbing a girlfriend, Shaun writes about the prisoners who befriend, protect and inspire him. They include T-Bone, a massive African American ex-Marine who risks his life saving vulnerable inmates from rape, and Two Tonys, an old-school Mafia murderer who left the corpses of his rivals from Tucson to Alaska. They teach Shaun how to turn incarceration to his advantage, and to learn from his mistakes.

Resigned to living alongside violent, mentally-ill, and drug-addicted inmates, Shaun immerses himself in psychology and philosophy to try to make sense of his past behaviour, and begins applying what he learns as he adapts to prison life. Encouraged by Two Tonys to explore fiction as well, Shaun reads over a thousand books which, with support from brilliant psychotherapist Dr. O, speed along his personal development. As his ability to deflect daily threats improves, Shaun begins to look forward to his release with optimism and a new love waiting for him. Yet the words of Aristotle from one of Shaun's books will prove prophetic: 'We cannot learn without pain'.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780576625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576626
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

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Prepare to be transported to a brutal, life-threatening, drug-addicted world. 40 years after Papillon, a new memoir of prison survival has arrived

" (Clayton Littlewood, author of Goodbye to Soho)

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A brutal prison memoir; the 3rd book in the 'English Shaun' trilogy, following Hard Time and Party Time.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Turn Adversity into Creativity 28 Feb 2014
In the early 70s I read Papillon, a memoir about life in a penal colony. It was harrowing, brutal, and gripping. Shaun's trilogy, Hard Time, Party Time and now Prison Time, is in the same mould. Each book had me biting my lip, squirming in my seat, willing him to survive. Thank God he did because he has gone on to do something that few people can do. He has turned adversity into something creative.

In this latest book he describes his life in a dangerous American prison, populated by characters that fiction would be hard to match. But what shines through is Shaun's will to survive and improve his life. It's an achievement that just shows, the hard knocks in life can, if you overcome them, reap amazing rewards. And the reward we have here is the discovery of a writer of great talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you have already been reading this trilogy, then you will know that this is going to be the toughest set of chapters. Shaun Attwood, who has chronicled his tale in his previous two books has by now covered his time as the small town boy from the North West of England, who goes on to be an ambitious stockbroker in the U.S. After the hedonism of his earlier lifestyle, Shaun has been on a path to living a life of high finance and then crime. This book deals with the time when you think there will be no end in sight: the author's incarceration in one of America's toughest jails. Shaun never veers from the deeply shocking truth, and whilst his time in prison comes after he has been involved in activities that are punishable by law, you can't help but wondering what you do, how you would feel, and how you would cope if you had to trade places. I was most shocked by the amount of people who lose their freedom through untreated mental illness - it is something again that Shaun deals with in this book, even if it is an unpalatable reality. Shaun is a hugely intelligent writer who sweeps you along with his story, and you never want him to give up. His rich observation of real life characters like T-Bone is heart wrenching at times, but you won't want to put this book down. You want to stay with Shaun and find out what happens, and if he finds light at the end of a very dark tunnel. The sign of a truly good book is that it makes you question yourself, your own life and your own character long after you have read the last page. It so easy to judge another person's life, but this book throws up so many questions and dilemmas. This is a truly remarkable third part to the trilogy, and a fitting end to what started off as a very personal prison diary, which shows the warmth of the author from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Attwood 2 Mar 2014
One of Attwood's strengths as a writer is his effective combination of documentary-style clarity and objectivity with the heartfelt compassion and loyalty which his traumatic experiences have inspired and which he communicates unselfconsciously and with humility.

If you are looking for tales of depravity among the pages of 'Prison Time' you will surely find them but this book should not be read for that reason. It describes a brutalised society where love and respect are so scarce that the search for them becomes all the more desperate. It is a book about human dignity amidst violence and terror, and it is a book about friendship and kindness in the darkest of places. These characters are real people in unreal situations and, like Jon's Jail Journal and the two books before this one, Attwood ensures that their stories are known and that their voices are heard.
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Prison Time spills with raw emotion and righteous rage at a corrupt justice system so riddled with absurdities it resembles a Kafkaesque nightmare. What stings most aren’t the big injustices but the little ones; small acts of random cruelty that are dished out with ice-eyed glee by stony- faced officialdom, disguised as benign ‘rules & regulations’. ‘English Shaun’ takes us into the euphemistically named Arizona Department of Corrections, where corrective officials can be every bit as dangerous as the inmates, in their cold and clever way.

Prisoners are plunged into a dystopian world where in order to survive short sentences for minor crimes they are either forced to kill – and thereby become accidental ‘lifers’ – or to evolve into hyper skilled diplomats with crisis negotiation abilities that would put a UN peace envoy to shame. It is a shark-pool world where how well you survive is dependent on how well you can kill, talk and fight. And the shocking shame of it all is it’s a deliberate design choice by the powers that be who run the show behind the scenes. The corrupt politicians who take kickbacks and donations from privatisation contractors; the penny pinching governors who place vulnerable inmates in shared cells with crazed killers then feign surprise when a dogfight erupts; the sociopathic ‘care workers’ who routinely deny medical treatment to the sick and troubled.

Attwood isn’t suggesting that prison should be a holiday camp or that inmates be given a free pass for serious crimes. Rather he points out that prisons can still be tough places of work and discipline, but at the same time underpinned by values of rehabilitation and rebirth for those who want it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing true life
Hard hitting dramatic real life story though a prisoners eyes brilliantly written
Published 15 days ago by sweetness
5.0 out of 5 stars Every book gets better
Really enjoyable book, shaun attwood really makes you think you know some of his fellow in mates but the conditions and violence he witnessed makes your fear for ever getting... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ben Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Having been glued to Shaun's first two books whilst traveling in January, I couldn't wait to read the final book in his trilogy. Couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars He has done it again
So I have just finished the last in the Shaun Attwood ‘Time’ series, and wow, it was emotional. The sequel to ‘Hard Time’ follows ‘English’ Shaun as he journeys through Arizona’s... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading
This, the 3rd book of the trilogy was just like the others - gripping to the end. I read all 3 books in a week on holiday and the characters, the awful brutality and dehumanisation... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daveyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I came across Hard Time by chance and since have read both Hard Time & Prison Time and looking forwards to reading the new one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
Once again Shaun Atwood didn't disappoint. Absolute cracking read. Following on from his previous books, Party Time and Hard Time seamlessly
Published 1 month ago by Ian Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Could you have survived?
Read all 3 of Shauns trilogy and its an amazing story. Had to keep reminding myself that this was a true story about a normal guy from England. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paddylad
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Inspiring Story
I came across Shaun Attwood’s latest book whilst hopelessly searching a list of recently released books in search of something to keep me stimulated on holiday (typically I’m not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars reassuring !
It was a relief to know that this real life drama has some happy endings although this is far from a children's fantasy story. Read more
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