The Fear of 13

The Fear of 13 : Countdown to Execution: My Fight for Survival on Death Row

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This is the memoir of Nick Yarris, who was wrongly convicted of rape and murder and spent 22 years on Death Row. While he was in prison, to keep himself sane, Nick educated himself (including learning about triskaidekaphobia, the fear of 13 which gives the book its name). Later, as the technology developed, Nick pressed for post-conviction DNA testing, which eventually led to him being acquitted of all charges. Nick tells of his experiences with immediacy and passion, and narrates his tale to brilliant charismatic effect both here and in the film of the same name released in 2015. Widely critically acclaimed, the film will debut on Netflix in 2017 and this book adds a further dimension and more detail to Nick's compelling story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 22mm | 399g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780896522
  • 9781780896526
  • 153,121

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'Somewhere in each of us is the blackest pit from which few ever return. I had found mine.'

Found guilty of the rape and murder of a woman he had never met, Nick Yarris was sentenced to death.

With appeal after appeal failing he spent twenty-two years waiting to die.

This is the true and amazing story of how he survived Death Row.
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"The book is far better than the film, and this one beats [the] documentary! 3.5 stars"
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"A very thought-provoking but uncomfortable book that needs to be read" * Inside Time * "Inspiring" * BBC Radio 4 Midweek * "The book is far better than the film, and this one beats [the] documentary! 3.5 stars" * Sunday Sport * "Inspiring" * BBC Radio 4 Midweek * "Fascinating... invigorating documentary" * Independent (about film) *
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About Nick Yarris

Nicholas Yarris was sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit and ended up serving twenty-two years on Death Row, this harrowing experience shaping the rest of his life inexorably. After finally being released Nicholas has now moved away from his homeland of Philadelphia, USA and now lives with his family in the UK.
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1 3% (1)
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