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Prison Time by [Attwood, Shaun]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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"Prepare to be transported to a brutal, life-threatening, drug-addicted world. 40 years after Papillon, a new memoir of prison survival has arrived" (Clayton Littlewood, author of Goodbye to Soho)

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A brutal prison memoir; the 3rd book in the 'English Shaun' trilogy, following Hard Time and Party Time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5686 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZ08D4A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The best book in the 'Time' trilogy. the worst 'time' of Attwood's rollercoaster life, no doubt. Yes, it's very different to the first two, but you can map Attwood's maturity as a writer across the three with Prison Time being the pinnacle. So far. This guy gets better and better.

There are some similarities between this and the other books: Attwood's extraordinary honesty, his outstanding descriptions of his own emotional turmoil and an excellent representation of the larger-than-life criminal characters he meets. However, be warned, there are some genuinely shocking, real-life stories here that curl the toes and curdle the blood, and they're different to those in Hard Time: namely, the sexual deviancy and hormone-induced blood-lust that runs through prisons the world over.

In 5 words (or so), it's: gritty, jaw-dropping, philosophical, darkly humorous and emotional.

Highly recommended, but not for the faint-hearted.
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I came across Shaun Attwood’s latest book whilst hopelessly searching a list of recently released books in search of something to keep me stimulated on holiday (typically I’m not much of reader expect of holiday), when I looked a bit further into the author and the story behind it I discovered that there was infact a trilogy of books detailing his experiences.

Prison Time follows his previous book Hard Time (also excellent), and tells the story following his conviction which he was sentenced to 9 years in an Arizona Prison for drug offences.

I have always had a morbid curiosity with stories of American prisons and as somebody who spent their 20’s involved in the club and party seen I could identify with the author. Attwood’s account of the his experiences are so excellently expressed. The descriptions of fellow prisoners and his relationships with them is really gripping leaving you hungry for more information on them, which luckily can be found via his Jons Jail Journal blog.

I found Shaun's resilience, adaptability and courage to be really inspiring. After finishing Hard Time and Party Time within a month, I'm now working my way through his 3rd book Party Time. Which again for me to be continuing to read outwith my holiday really is a testament to how fascinating I've found these books.
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Prison Time describes Shaun Atwood's time in an Arizona gaol, following his time on remand (described in Hard Time, also a good book). It is an eye-opening description of a complete world in itself. It is a world that you never want to visit but may find yourself in if circumstances turn out that way (what you have actually done is only half of that story).

Shaun Attwood describes life in prison as it is for the prisoners and it is fascinating. It is lived by and with and for the other prisoners. The prison guards and authorities really have no part in it except in the way that the environment does, like insects and forests and chasms and abysses and, sometimes, rock walls: they set the limits and character of the environment but not the life that is carried on within it. Only the prisoners and the people who have a direct impact on his life (like his family, his girlfriend and his therapists) have names and lives and personalities and they are much richer and more varied than you would expect if you were to forget (as perhaps the Arizona DoC might like you to do) that prisoners are people with rich histories.

All of this is described in an undecorated style. The stories do not need drama forced onto them. The circumstances which have led to the various prisoners ending up where they are include vicious crimes and Shaun Attwood does not avoid this but he does not judge them either: he describes the other prisoners and himself (including what they have done) and how it is being a prisoner and how the prisoners act towards each other. This may be brutal but is also often very touching, with respect, loyalty and affection. Some of the descriptions of the book make a lot of how it describes sex amongst the prisoners but they tend to mislead.
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Gritty outlook into Shaun attwoods stint in prison. Well written funny and informative.

Worth reading the entire series, and this clearly shows what a difference he has made in his life. Recommended
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It was a relief to know that this real life drama has some happy endings although this is far from a children's fantasy story. For some the end of their story is death, injury and pain - for others it is rejection by society. But for some, the intention of prison being a place of correction is achieved. Sadly not by the authorities, but by the inmates.
This trilogy has been completely compulsive reading and I would urge anybody to soak up the lessons learned through this real life experience. Like many good books, there is heartache, rejection, cruelty, sadness, unfairness and yet they are touched with humour, ambition and drive towards a better life for the writer, the other inmates and definitely the readers.
Very highly recommended.
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A very captivating read that takes you where nobody wishes to go and this is for real!
So very glad things turned out the way they did
The self surgery peice had me nigh on passed out on the train omg
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