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Carabanchel: The Last Brit in Europe's Hellhole Prison Paperback – 17 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (17 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840189673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840189674
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(*****)" (Nuts)

"An engrossing read" (The Sun)

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This book tells a true story of survival in what was arguably the most sinister prison in Europe: the Carabanchel. Christopher Chance was the last Brit to be shackled and hauled out of that infamous Spanish hellhole before it closed its gates on decades of disgraceful cruelty. He was amongst the last of the inmates transferred to another prison when the authorities turned the key for the final time.

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This is an entertaining and eye opening read, without being great.

The author pulls no punches in his descriptions of the events that go on inside the walls of this prison and you certainly get a taste for what must have been a hideous place to be incarcerated. However the book quickly becomes repetative, with each confrontation with gypsies, drug dealers, gangsters, six foot tranvestites etc being a rehash of the previous encounter.

The author also falls into the trap of all "hard men" who write books - they never seem to lose a fight!

Overall, if you like a combination of prison life spiced up with a liberal dollop of violence, this is worth a go.
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It sounds odd to say I really enjoyed this book as it is an horrific experience for the author. ... but,I did.
Unless you have been unfortunate to end up in Christopher Chances situation you cant possibly comprehend these real life experiences. Fortunately for the reader, Christopher Chance does a very good job telling his story. There is a lot of violence,awful violence and a loathing of a certain country but this is by no means written by a sadistic racist. The situations and aggressive responses are absolutely necessary to survive and the loyalty and respect for multiple cultures from around the world is clearly evident.
Its a fascinating story and you are constantly reminded that this is not a work of fiction,...its very real.
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An unbelievable experience, one of the most captivating books I have read , when we read a novel it is sometimes hard to become emotional ,this novel made you feel the emotional roller coaster that each inmate had to endure to survive each day .certainly one for the holiday read, beware once you pick it up you won't put it down !
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Wow what can I say? This book is absolutely gripping - a real page turner. Chance describes in such good detail the dangerous stinking life and atmosphere of the most squalid prison hellhole in Spain. As Chance talks through his days and the events it's almost as if you are there in the cell with him, in the canteen , suffering with him. For people like myself who are martial artists this book provides some adrenaline pumping, bone crunching attacks on spanish gypsies who tried on numerous occasions to kill Chance. Although Chance openly talks about his heroin trafficking and plans to carry on after leaving prison, one starts to feel some sympathy and empathy with him which is a testament to his superb writing skill and gripping narration. A FANTASTIC READ. 10 OUT OF TEN. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! His first book about "La Moraleja" prison is just as good. BUY BOTH!
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Fantastic a great read
I normaly read south American or thai prison books so wasn't sure but found this gripping instantly to the last page.
You wont put it down.
Ive read two of his books and am now on his third book. Brutal and exciting
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Rushing out to work I swept this off my randomly organised shelf of 'to be read' books. Labelled as True Crime it came with a friends recommendation that Christopher Chance documented prison life like Andy McNab documented army life. High praise indeed and very accurate at that.

Chancer is in jail for trafficking drugs and now finds himself in Carabanchel, a prison named after the Spanish suburb it is located within. It is renowned as being one of the harshest prisons in Europe, the story told is of the prison's final six months before it was closed down. It is narrated by Christopher 'Chancer' Chance, starts with his arrival and very quickly details his fight to survive. A daily fight that stood him out as indomitable, which forged friendships with like minded inmates, men from all over the world that banded together with a common purpose, to survive.

How would I best describe this book, horrifying, very violent, totally compelling. I literally sat down with this on the train in the morning and finished it the following morning at 3AM. I just could not put it down. The experience really was very reminiscent of reading early Andy McNab books like Bravo Two Zero and Remote Control. A very similar style. The narrative is sparse, often harsh and simply delivered. All of which add to the experience.

If you like men's fiction fast and violent then you should buy this immediately, except this isn't fiction. It is true. I certainly plan on picking up Chancer's other book, based on his subsequent experiences in Spanish jails after moving from Carabanchel.
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This book is just as good as Lone Brit on Block 13. Its almost impossible to put down once you start. If you have read the first book you will find that there is some overlap between the two, but this doesnt matter as this is kept to a miminum, and is integral to Chancers story
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This was the second book from Chancer that I've read and I must say what a terrific read it was. I was hooked right from the beginning with the refreshing and often brutal method of his writing. The way he describes situations and characters brings you right into the book as if you're there with him fighting for survival. Chance is a fresh breath of air within the world of true crime authors. Looking forward to your next book Chancer, keep on writing !
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