A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner

Chris Atkins

Favourite Quote: “Modern laws would prohibit Harlow from repeating his experiment today, but it’s still acceptable to inflict this terrible treatment on human beings.”

Review: An enlightening read into life in a maximum-security UK prison. Not focused on the facts and figures so much as the diary entries of a one man’s daily struggles. Perhaps most worrying we hear more often the false promises and advertising of what is offered to prisoners to help with their rehabilitation more so than what many imagine as the dangers of other prisoners. Told with light hearted anecdotes as well as some melancholic tales of both the author and other prisoners’ plights this is a novel worth your time to ensure we all have an insight into life in the prison service is like. And for me personally, not what I had anticipated from the novel. Atkin’s rare reference to the costs of the service and how this compares to other countries really makes you connect with his desire to improve the standards of care for prisoners in the UK.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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