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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling book about prison life
John Hoskison was a professional golfer whose life was turned upside down when he knocked down and killed a cyclist while driving home one night.
Found to be over the limit, he was sentenced to three years in jail. This is his story of that time.
Forget whatever you may hear about prison life from the government or the media or whomever - this book is by someone...
Published on 13 Aug 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Prison life...a eye opener
quite a good insight into the repercussions of falling fowl of the law, makes a good read if you ever think of going down that path.......
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling book about prison life, 13 Aug 2001
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John Hoskison was a professional golfer whose life was turned upside down when he knocked down and killed a cyclist while driving home one night.
Found to be over the limit, he was sentenced to three years in jail. This is his story of that time.
Forget whatever you may hear about prison life from the government or the media or whomever - this book is by someone who has actually experienced the current conditions.
As well as detailing the authors thoughts and feelings over the period, which range from one end of the spectrum to the other, the book is also an indictment on the current regime.
The one thing that stands out above all others is the seeming reluctance on the part of anyone to do anything about rehabilitation. While prison is supposed to be a punishment, it seems that the inmates are rarely prepared for release, with the biggest differences being felt by those coming to the end of long sentences.
Imagine taking yourself out of society - even five years ago - and then dropping yourself back in now. Think of all the things that have changed between then and now. How would you cope, trying to catch up?
A compelling read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hard look at prison life which stirs the emotions, 20 May 2000
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This book paints a bleak picture of prison life in 90s Britain, a place where inmates regularly indulge in hard drugs to numb the boredom of prison life. Hoskison was able to get the reader to have sympathy for him and some on the inside without being self-pitying. This book is a wake up call for those who suggest that prison is a cushy number - it certainly isn't. The author is correct to suggest that unless offenders are given a chance to improve themselves while in prison and be educated on the consequences of crime they are going to re-offend.
An emotional , sometimes chilling read which demands to be read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside, 31 Jan 2003
A book that could quite simply not be put down. A true story that gives you an insight into a life that most of us would never experience. This demonstrates how ones life can change so dramatically in one moment of madness.
The final paragraphs complete the book in a most poignant manner and shows the compassion that one human being can show to another and really brings a tear to the eye.
A book that just has to be read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read in years, 21 Mar 1999
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This book is about a man involved in a drink drive accident and is jailed for the crime. He writes about is experience in prison in a way that is not only funny but harrowing. He discribes his fear and remorse, which comes across very strongly. It is clear how the prison system is failing many people. The book is very easy reading and most enjoyable. I have lent this book to a friend, and I have not seen it since. It is a gem of a book not to be missed, about a ordinary mans experience of prison life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not be put off by imitation, 27 Dec 2005
This book is superb. Do not be put off by imitations. Life in jail in the UK is described here......not the right wing stuff about high class meals and holiday camps!
As stated in the introduction, this should be required reading for anyone connected with the criminal justice system.
Please read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Couldn't put it down., 21 Oct 2012
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Superb book. Just shows how a 'normal' man can make a mistake and pay a huge price for it. Also highlights how these people are put inside with hardened career criminals. It's your worst nightmare. Also see the Hoskison's new book 'Name and Number'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, 18 Oct 2012
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A real eye opener. Once I started reading I just couldn't put it down. I think that all younger people should read this book, it may just make them think twice about committing and crimes etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Oct 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book, the great thing about it is that you can almost believe that you are the person that is writing it. It is a factual, and truly enjoyable read, and there is none of the feel sorry for me, because I am in prison, the writer admits that he did wrong, and deserved his sentence.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Inside, 29 Jan 2003
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This book offers a fascinating insight into life within the UK prison population, from somebody previously living a privileged life. What is apparant is the shocking state of our prison service. From the degrading manner in which inmates are treated, to the complete lack of facilities in order to remain active physically and mentally. It is little wonder that such a high percentage of inmates re-offend, given that they are given no hope or encouragement whilst incarcerated. The worrying factor is that drug abuse is rife within the prison population. The ease with which it is smuggled into the prisons is shocking, and is a very sad reflection on the present government. If they cannot win the war within our so called secure estblishments what chance have they got outside of prison? A great deal of credit must go the author, however the person that leaves a lasting impression, is the widow of the cyclist who was killed, in the drink driving accident that led to the jail sentence. The fact that this lady could offer forgiveness after such a tragic event at least leaves you with some hope for the human race.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From PGA to prison. One mans struggle through incarceration, 9 Nov 1999
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This book I feel has to be one of the best autobiographies written on the subject of prison life. The narrative follows John Hoskison (ex PGA proffesional golfer) through a custodial sentence given to him for a drink driving offence, to the time that he is released. The chronology in which the chapters are based, follow Hoskison's journey from transfering from prison to prison, but also follows and graphically depicts some of the more un-pleasant parts of a time in prison, as well as the effects it has on his family and friends. Hoskison also covers aspects such as the inadequacies of the prison service, and how little or nothing is done to stop both drug trafficking whilst inside, or any thought being given to rehabilitation when the sentence is served to assimilate prisoners back into society. From reading this book it is possible to gain a strong mental picture of prison life, and it is possible to see that there is camaraderie and bonding between inmates trying to be productive, and the notion that prison is also not the "holiday camp" it is seen by some to be.
In conclusion, an excellent book for those who are studying anything related to criminality, but also a strongly written story to add to the valuable insight of prison life that Hoskison gives.
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