Jailbirds: Lessons From A Women’s Prison

£16.99

Five things you might not know about women’s prisons. 1. You can buy clothes from the Avon catalogue. 2. The Governor gets called the ‘Gold Command’ when there’s an emergency. 3. Tampons are unlimited, soap is not. 4. The best paid job a prisoner can do is sewing pillow cases for other prisons. 5. More than half the women in prison have been victims of more serious crimes than the crimes they’ve committed. Life in UK prisons is a secret world that only leaks out of its barbed wire walls in contradictory sensationalist headlines and Panorama documentaries: disgraceful conditions versus phones and TV, drug epidemics and gangs versus self-harm and overcrowding. So what’s the truth? What do prisoners really do each day? Why are they in there while we’re not? And what happens once they leave?

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Step inside one of Britain’s most notorious prisons…

During her time as a prison teacher Mim Skinner met every type of criminal. But her job was not to judge them, it was to teach.

In this compelling, inspirational memoir Mim takes you behind the bars. From drugs and violence to pregnancy and heartbreak, Mim’s classroom saw it all. With high drama but also candid humour Jailbirds is full of eye-opening stories of those without a voice, revealing the human side of our country’s most controversial institution.

‘Shocking, poignant and darkly funny’ Woman & Home
‘Full of nitty-gritty details of life inside’ The Guardian
‘Humbling, hopeful and wryly hilarious’ The Herald
‘Very real and powerful account’ Kate Paradine, CEO of Women in Prison
‘A humane, sometimes humorous, and always perceptive account of prison life’ Ken Loach
‘Very funny and important’ Pandora Sykes, co-host The High Low Show

AS SEEN ON BBC BREAKFAST
A STYLIST NON-FICTION BOOK OF YEAR 2020

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 21.8 × 14.4 × 3.2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

293

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

365.430941 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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