5.0 out of 5 stars
Distressing, but strangely life-affirming, 29 May 2008
My boyfriend and I both read this book in 2 days. Both of us staying up late to read more. My heart goes out to Tig and his family and Lucy for the trauma they all went through. Tig is a nice guy, with a nice life and this book just shows how life can take a wrong turn. The book is well written and very descriptive, giving me vivid mental images of the horrors of living in Zone 22, and leaving me in tears (and occasional giggles) several times. He describes his fellow prisoners well, so that through his frank and friendly writing, you get a real sense of his experience. The fact that Tig was almost one one of the "lucky" prisoners because he was English, and so was able to bribe the odious guards - just leaves me cold. I don't know how he found the strength to get through it all, let alone revisit it by writing a book, although I hope it was cathartic for him. As another reviewer wrote - after reading Tig's book, you really start to understand how lucky you are. I'm so glad Tig and his family have had a happy ending and that life is good for them all. I also hope that other people learn from his experiences.
I really recommend this book - it's not my usual type of reading, but after seeing Tig and Lucy on the telly, I couldn't resist it.