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Loonyology: In My Own Words Hardcover – 6 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd, Essex; illustrated edition edition (6 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906358117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906358112
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Monster, or poet? Beast, or artist? One thing is for certain, this man remains the prison system s most talked about resident. Loonology takes you on a harrowing tour inside the mind of the man, the legend, Charles Bronson. --Loaded Magazine

Scary reading, this book is as close as we're comfortable getting to Mr Bronson! --Daily Sport

Charles Bronson is certainly unlike anyone else in the British prison system. Truly, this is the dark side of the loon. --The Guardian

Scary reading, this book is as close as we're comfortable getting to Mr Bronson! --Daily Sport

Charles Bronson is certainly unlike anyone else in the British prison system. Truly, this is the dark side of the loon. --The Guardian

If Allah or God ever required a spokesman to reveal the unpalatable truth about the British Prison System, he would select Charles Bronson. He is the only writer to date that can make me laugh hysterically on one page and then smash me in the face with human misery and despair on another. Where would we be without this master raconteur of fearless honesty. --Terry Smith, Author of 'Nil Desperandum'

Charlie Bronson is a larger-than-life character whose antics have fascinated our readers - and ourselves - for many a year. Charlie Bronson has an amazing story to tell and he tells it in his own inimitable way, pulling no punches and with plenty of humour. --Phil Robinson, Ellesmere Port Pioneer (Editor)

About the Author

Charles Bronson (born 6 December 1952) is the adopted name of Michael Peterson, a British criminal. Bronson was born in Aberystwyth, before moving to Merseyside, and later Luton, which is often referred to as his home town. Bronson states on his website that contrary to reports frequently made in the press, his name was changed by his fight promoter in 1987 and was not a choice he made in relation to the actor, Charles Bronson. Bronson has been in prison since the age of nineteen, for various offences. Initially jailed in 1974 for robbery, his sentence has been repeatedly extended and he has spent only three months out of custody. He has served 28 years of his time in prison in solitary confinement due to repeated attacks on prison staff and inmates, including a number of hostage situations and rooftop protests. His dangerous behaviour has meant that he has spent time in over 120 different prisons. In 2000 he received a discretionary life sentence (with a three year tariff) for a hostage-taking incident. His appeal against this sentence was denied in 2004. In 1999 a special prison unit was set up for Bronson and two other violent prisoners from Woodhill (HM Prison), to reduce the risk they posed to staff and other prisoners. In 2001 Bronson married Saira Rehman, who had seen his picture in a newspaper and began writing to him. Rehman had visited Bronson just three times prior to their wedding. Bronson converted to Islam (Rehman is a Muslim) and was also known as Charles Ali Ahmed. However he and Rehman have since divorced and Bronson has reportedly renounced Islam and the Ali Ahmed name. While in prison he has developed an extreme fitness regimen and regularly performs 2,500 press-ups a day. In 2002 he published a book Solitary Fitness, detailing an individual training process with minimal resources and space. For the past ten years Bronson has occupied himself by writing poetry, producing pieces of art and has published ten books. Chaz, as he is known to his many friends and supporters, is still a "Category A" prisoner and is currently being held at HM Wakefield prison.

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