Prison: A Survival Guide is a cult guide to UK prisons by Carl Cattermole – now fully updated and featuring contributions from female and LGBTQI prisoners, as well as from family on the outside.
Blood – but not as much as you might imagine.
Sweat – and the prisons no longer provide soap.
Tears – because prison has created a mental health crisis.
Humanity – and how to stop the institution destroying it.
Featuring contributors Sarah Jake Baker, Jon Gulliver, Darcey Hartley, Julia Howard, Elliot Murawski and Lisa Selby.
Carl Cattermole is a young ex-inmate and legal reform campaigner. He spent time in five different UK prisons and, sharing cells with international gangsters, drug addicts, psychopaths and sex offenders, he formulated his idea for a book to help inmates cope with the unique challenges of prison life. He has contributed to the BBC, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, and the Mirror on the subject of prisons and prison reform. Carl was a Flash Fiction and Short Story judge for the 2019 Koestler Awards.
“Essential reading.” Will Self.
“We’re in the justice dark ages and Cattermole’s great book switches on the lights.” Dr Theo Kindynis, Lecturer in Criminology Goldsmiths, University of London.
“It has the potential to change a lot of people’s lives for the better.” Daniel Godden, Partner at Berkeley Square Solicitors.
Paperback: 208 pages
Published in 2019 by Ebury Press.