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Prayer before Dawn, A : A Nightmare in Thailand Paperback – 18 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Maverick House; UK ed. edition (18 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908518316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908518316
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.4 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 179 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the movie

"A Prayer Before Dawn is an impressive and biting experience that rarely holds back in its depiction of life inside a hellish Thai prison and the pressures that come with it. Leading star Joe Cole portrays his battered and bruised character with great emotional poise and ensures that this is a drama filled with plenty to talk about." -- Filmoria

"Ultimately, only when Billy devotes himself fully to perfecting his sporting prowess as a boxer and gives up drugs at last after several relapses does his life start to improve. It's a classic boxing movie trajectory, but Sauvaire gets extra brownie points for the austere way he tells this oft-told story. Cole's searing intensity and total commitment to the physical demands of the role is integral to the film's effectiveness." --Hollywood Reporter

"As a coup of purely physical storytelling, A Prayer Before Dawn feels like a blood brother to Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi's 2014 Critic's Week winner The Tribe. As a fellow prison movie that turns around one really ripped 'bod, Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson wouldn't be a terrible comparison either." --IndieWire

"The musical score is particularly effective, working tightly with sound design to amplify ambient noise into at timesbreathing, throbbing, occasionally punching, strained motifs, making A Prayer Before Dawn an wholly unsettling film." --ScreenDaily

"Billy Moore: We have a director Jean Stephane, the director of Johnny Mad Dog lined up, and apotential cast. Apparently Charlie Hunnam is keen as is James Mcavoy. Nothing is concrete yet butfnance from France has helped. Hurricane Films are developing the film and pitching A prayer Before Dawn worldwide with massive interest from big companies, so its a process I'm positive about. --Jonty Skrufff's Blog - Interview with Billy Moore

"A Prayer Before Dawn is playing as one of Cannes midnight screenings, the graveyard slotwhere the organisers like to send rough-hewn interlopers, deemed unfit for polite company. Chances are the film is going to fit in very nicely... Sauvaire's drama is lean and trim and unwavering in its task. You know its moves; you can see it coming. But when the punches are thrown, they rock you back on your heels." --The Guardian

"Special mention must go to fight choreographer David Ismalone, who gets queasily authentic results from the ensemble - not least Cole, whose stony physical endurance is only the most superficially impressive aspect of a performance that must at times convey a lot of psychic pain beneath still, stoic waters, before letting it all roar out of him. An auspicious presence in TV's Peaky Blinders, as well as smaller roles in films like Green Room and The Falling, the Londoner announces himself here as a leading man of sturdy conviction and considerable daring..." ----Variety

About the Author

Billy Moore is a former Muay Thai boxer in Thailand. After a run-in with drugs, he was imprisoned in Chiang Mai Central Prison and later transferred to the notorious Klong Prem "Bankok Hilton" prison. He was repatriated to England in 2010. He owes his recovery in part to the charity Prisoners Abroad and Narcotics Anonymous. Moore lives in Liverpool, England.

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