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The Damage Done: Twelve Years Of Hell In A Bangkok Prison [Kindle Edition]

W Fellows
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"Fellows admits he was caught bang-to-rights, but even the most hardened criminal would appear an innocent inside the barbaric prison system he subsequently endures. The picture that builds is gross, a horrific contemporary version of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch . . . If you've ever had even as much of a spliff on a Ko Samui beach, you must read this book" (James Brown GQ)

"The author made the mistake of trying to traffic heroin through Thailand and wound up in prison for 12 years . . . a gruelling cautionary tale reminiscent of Midnight Express" (Tobias Jones Independent on Sunday)

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Think about the most wretched day of your life. Maybe it was when someone you loved died, or when you were badly hurt in an accident, or a day when you were so terrified you could scarcely bear it. No imagine 4,000 of those days in one big chunk.



In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted in Thailand of heroin trafficking and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Damage Done is his story of an unthinkable nightmare in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.



Fellows was certainly guilty of his crime, but he endured and survived human-rights abuses beyond imagination. This is not his plea for forgiveness, nor his denial of guilt; it is the story of an ordeal that no one would wish on their worst enemy. It is an essential read: heartbreaking, fascinating and impossible to put down.


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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Warren Fellows, a convicted drug dealer, suffered at the hands of inmates, guards and the appalling conditions inside the notorious Bang Kwang gaol in Bangkok. Although no doubt guilty, Fellows suffered unimaginable horrors which would surely test the most hardened criminal mind. His ordeal can only be described as a living nightmare including beatings, malnutrition, disease and the onset of madness.
On Reading this, you can only begin to imagine the humiliation and suffering a human being is capable of inflicting on another. A must read book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding and emotional 9 Aug 2004
By si
Format:Paperback
This book is possibly one of the best books i've ever read. You can't put it down. The detail that Warren Fellows goes into is perfect and he manages to convey all angles of the prison and immigration services in Thailand without the reader even noticing. His story conveys the destruction that the treatment in the thai prisons can do to the soul whilst highlighting the strength that friendship can give. He also gives a refreshingly accurate portrayal of the Thai culture which gives his accounts amazing depth. I think i will be thinking about his story for a long time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book in one day! AMAZING 13 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
This book was reccomended to me when i was backpacking in Thailand, after 2 months of my return to the uk i borght this book. This was the first ever book i have read since i have left school 5 years ago. I was so engroosed i read it in 5 hours! I have trouble reading but this book was so gripping i never put it down. BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD. Very sad, very hard hitting excellent book. Ive lent the copy to my freinds and they say the same. Wonderfull book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story of Endurance 17 Feb 2012
By Kathryn
Format:Paperback
The barbaric conditions and guard brutality made me squirm. Another great read from the same publisher is Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jail
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only 11 Mar 2007
By Robert P. Splaine VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm not going to give the plot away. (No spoilers here). Warren NEVER ASKS

OR EXPECTS ANY sympathy from the reader, what he has done was wrong, he knew that, but the story he tells if of what it's like in Prison in Thailand. It should make you scared. Any person thinking of buying selling drugs in Thailand should read this book first, it should be part of the kit, and if this book doesn't scare you, nothing will.

I have done prison visits in Thailand. more so Pattaya, and even that just visiting is scary, .

So read it, and be assured you are wise never to think about smuggling

And Thailand.

As for Warren Fellows, he has written the book, but has never "cashed in" and done

Anything else, so for that l do give him credit.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read 10 Mar 2007
By Gemma TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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At first I kept thinking, 'well you shouldn't have smuggled heroin then!" but then as the story goes on you realise no one should have to go through what this guy did, and you actually start to feel sorry for him. He admits he did wrong, and doesn't ask for people to forgive him for smuggling heroin, but the torture that he experienced is horrific. He says so himself that he is lucky to come out alive.

From confinement rooms to mutiny... this book keeps you glued. I read this book in 3 days and couldn't put it down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enduring 27 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Even after reading Robert Davies' book (Prisoner 13498) about prison life in China, i found Fellows' book a lot harder to swallow. His blunt narration delivers cold shocks of perverse human-concieved wickedness. Just when you think human beings are capable of existing in no lower form than illustrated by him, he is dealt yet another blow. An extroadinarily captivating (and concise) biography underlining the exertion of willpower amidst a hopeless world. Depressing but MUST READ!!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'm no fan of reading, in fact I've only read a couple of book ever.. But now I understand what people mean when they say 'I just couldn't put the book down'.
This book was fantastic, what Warren has experienced in his life most of us will hopefully never. Make no mistake this guy is guilty of his crime but the punishment is a complete nightmare!
Although a free man now his mind will be imprisoned forever..
& if your planning a trip to Thailand it might be worth reading on your return not before you go.. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class real and nitty gritty
excellant read,,, very true and no mucking about,,, well worth the read..
Published 3 days ago by derek dowdles
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Is a great book. I enjoyed it.
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Published 23 days ago by R. J. Wheelton
5.0 out of 5 stars discusting prison
A fantastic and very sad book very well written and thought provocation book recommend to everyone good luck and love to the author you certainly paid well above for the crime
Published 28 days ago by MickMac
4.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read
Life is life but no human should have to endure what this man endured. my head was full of this book long after reading it.
Published 1 month ago by LadyKickArse
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down
This was a real eye opener, such a harrowing story that I can't actually comprehend that this goes on in real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars harrowing
I read this book in a day I couldn't stop, I was drawn in. Brilliant but very sad story of a young man who's life is forever changed.
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