The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

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Nineteen years ago, Erwin James was sentenced to life imprisonment. Over the past five years, he has written powerfully about prison life for the Guardian. The Home Stretch picks up where the enormously popular A Life Inside left off. Like A Life Inside, it does not glorify wrongdoing, nor does it seek to justify the crimes of its author or any other prisoners. However, with one eye to the outside world The Home Stretch sets out to answer some of the questions raised by his first collection of articles. James considers the nature of freedom, and what exactly his life will look like when he is eventually released. He also talks candidly - and with great wit - about the unexpected way the world has changed during his imprisonment. The Home Stretch asks how someone who has been imprisoned for so long deals with a life beyond the prison gates.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 15mm | 188g
  • Guardian Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1843544385
  • 9781843544388
  • 420,385

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"'What does it say about a man who has done almost twenty years in prison that his writing should be marked by such humanity, compassion and wisdom? Never pleading for himself or pitching for our pity, Erwin James's account of life inside is fascinating not just for its portrait of a harsh and secret world but because in the author we are introduced to a man of rare self-awareness, strength and intelligence.' Ronan Bennett 'Compelling and intelligent prose on life inside' Barbara Amiel, Daily Telegraph 'Like many readers of the Guardian I have been fascinated by your diary... you do a remarkable job of capturing the immense difficulties of long-term Imprisonment and the terrible uncertainty facing lifers' Martin Narey, Director General, HM Prison Service, letter to author"
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About Erwin James

Erwin James served 20 years of a life sentence before his release in August 2004. In prison he took a degree course with the Open University, majoring in history, and graduated in 1994. His first article for a national newspaper, the Independent, appeared in 1994. He won first prize in the annual Koestler awards for prose in 1995. His first article in the Guardian appeared in 1998 and he began writing a regular column, entitled 'A Life Inside', in the Guardian in 2000. A collection of his columns, A Life Inside, a Prisoner's Notebook, was published by Atlantic Booksin 2003. A follow-up, The Home Stretch, From Prison to Parole, was published in April 2005.
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