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The Damage Done [Kindle Edition]

Peter Woolf
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'For almost all my life, I've been the person you crossed the street to avoid...'

Peter Woolf's life of drinking, drug-taking and thieving had begun before most people leave school. Spending most of his adult life in prison made no difference to him: life itself offered him no hope. Today, amazingly, Peter is clean and has not reoffended since a life-changing meeting in 2002 when he came face to face with some of his victims.

The Damage Done is a searingly honest and gritty portrayal of a man ensconced in an endless cycle of drugs, violence, prison and depravity who, one Tuesday afternoon in a glass room at Pentonville prison, was forced to confront all that he had destroyed.

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"He could surely have out-miseried most of the "misery memoirs" and bagged himself a bestseller ... But he has written a much more interesting book than this." (The Guardian)

"The power of his story surpasses any behaviour management intervention." (Independent)

"A powerful and searingly honest read." (Eastern Daily Press)

"This gripping memoir stands as an indictment of the prison system." (Morning Star)

Book Description

The true story of a brutal life of crime in London's dangerous underworld.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (9 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034FJGI0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 2 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm always very wary of reviews written by friends of the Author but in this case the comments of those who know Peter Woolf are more than giving a mate a leg up in the Amazon Reviews. What an amazing book,Peter is born into a notorious London crime family and was seen as the heir to the empire,the Head Man in training. Everything and anything he wants is handed to him on a plate until he learns to steal it for himself and smash those who get in his way into submission. If he hadn't fallen to into drug and alcohol addiction Peter would by now have been one of the countries top criminals,in his earlier years he was helped along his way by some very well-known high profile names in the London underworld who to him were just friends of the family.As his life spirals downwards however he alienates everyone and reaches gutter level,living in filthy hovels with filthy people. Peter doesn't pretend to have been a nice person,not to anyone,and a big part of the book is a catalogues of some pretty horrendous crimes,some brutal,others sickening in their perversity,stealing from a an lady with a zimmer frame who has just collected her pension for example. Peter makes no excuses and admits his shame and remorse for such action once he'd finally learned to think about other people. He's a very intelligent man and a very open one,I could relate to a lot of the things he said because of incidents in my own life and having to come to terms with my own dysfunctions.
A big part of the book is about restorative justice,the process by which criminals are made to confront their victims and explain themselves while hearing first hand how their actions have impacted on their prey,the overriding message being that if it worked for someone like Peter Woolf it can work for anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story of transformation 18 Feb. 2014
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Peter Woolf is a master story teller and his book is a page turner from the get go. He is brutally honest in telling his life story, both the good and the bad get full coverage here. What is remarkable with his story is that he has gone through a radical transformation that has the power to inspire so many people. As with the darker aspects of his history, he tells this story too with honesty and integrity. A book that will stay with you. Also includes an afterword by Sir Charles Pollard, which looks at Peter Woolf's story from the point of view of the police force. Together it is a passionate and compelling defence of the powers of Restorative Justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 5 July 2012
By Lisalou
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This book is a true story based on the life of Peter Woolf who funded his drug habit by committing hundreds of crimes. He finally see's the error of his ways thanks to a life changing situation.
Peter's past is utterly amazing and he tells the story in such a way you can't help liking him. Some of his escapades are shocking, others are hilarious. He doesn't brag about his past. In fact he appears humbled and this is what compels you to him. Brilliant, inspiring and definitely worth a read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Damage Done 26 April 2012
By tommo
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An interesting story, well written. It is difficult to relate to his childhood upbringing of violence, abuse and crime but this then throws a light on his later criminal activities and in some way allows the reader to understand how crime is the only way, - he has never experienced anything else. Very difficult to understand how his psyche got turned around by meeting one victim of his crimes. Had he genuinely never thought of the impact of his crimes on his innocent victims, never ever???
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