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The Curious Mr Howard: Legendary Prison Reformer Hardcover – 6 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Waterside Press (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904380735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904380733
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,059,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'No-one who reads this wonderful book could dispute that Howard ranks among the most interesting people of his age': Times Literary Supplement. 'A brilliant book which everyone should have on their Xmas list': Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons 'A riveting account of the great penal reformer, this humane, obsessive, guilt-ridden, lonely dissenter, indeed the "curious Mr Howard"': (click for full review) 'An excellent account, well worth reading. Recommended': Bedford Architectural Archaeological & Local History Society 'Impeccably researched and fascinating': Professor David Wilson, Centre for Applied Criminology Birmingham City University 'A remarkable book about a remarkable man': Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC. 'A much better picture of penal reformer John Howard than I had believed possible': Dick Whitfield, trustee and former chair of the Howard League 'This book is a timely reminder of the dreams that inspired one man many years ago, and a reminder that we need John Howard as much or more today': Clive Stafford-Smith (from the Foreword)

About the Author

Tessa West has worked in prisons and on prison-related matters for many years. While head of a prison education department she was awarded a Cropwood Fellowship at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge. Among other things, she worked for the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Department in Vienna and was an independent member of the Parole Board. In respect of The Curious Mr Howard she was given the Arthur Welton Award which enabled her to carry out research in Ukraine (where John Howard died). She is the author of Prisons of Promise (Waterside Press, 1997) and three novels.

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