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Inside - A True Story - One Man's Experience of Prison

This is a true story of a journey to hell and back.

In 1994 John Hoskison was a highly respected and successful professional golfer. Then, one evening, after a tournament, he broke a rule of his life by drinking and driving and on the way home he hit and killed a cyclist.

Hoskison knew he’d never escape the pain he'd caused and felt a prison sentence was justified. As a non-violent first offender, he could have expected to serve part of his sentence in an open prison, but was instead consigned to some of the toughest in Britain; places of medieval-like squalor and violence.

Reviews

"This is a must read book. Not just an insight into how prison really is but a real life story that illustrates just how quickly your life can turn upside down. There but for the grace of God..."

John Francome, Author and Champion Jockey.

"...a searingly honest account. John Hoskison tells it like it is, as opposed to what gets portrayed on TV or at the cinema."

Professor David Wilson, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University; former Prison Governor. January, 2012

"The book is very easy reading and most enjoyable. I have lent this book to a friend, and I have not seen it since. It is a gem of a book not to be missed, about an ordinary man's experience of prison life."

★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk Review

"A compelling read."

★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk Review

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Name & Number

Based on the experiences of the author

Art student Nick Wood risks selling a few Ecstasy tablets at a party to impress friends and ends up with a three year prison sentence.

Nick hopes to spend his sentence in an open prison, the type he's read about in the papers. The ones often referred to as 'holiday camps'. Instead, his worst nightmare comes true.

Locked up in HMP Blackthorpe, a prison known for its medieval-like squalor, Nick lives at the mercy of the drug barons and in fear of the lifers. Constantly stalked by danger he has to find a way to survive.

To earn protection money he turns to the one thing he's good at—art. But can selling pictures to visitors be enough to keep the mob at bay? Or will he be made an example of by the hard men and suffer the worst type of prison punishment?

Name & Number has made it to Number 1 on the Amazon.co.uk Literary Fiction chart!

Reviews

"Another compelling read by John Hoskinson, that draws you in from page one."

★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk review

"This book is particularly effective as a terrible warning to the horrors of prison. We are always been told that prisoners have it easy and that it's no deterrent to be locked up. This book corrects the misconceptions and tells it like it really is in the toughest of prisons."

★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk review

"Highly believable, made you feel like it could easily happen to you. Wrong choice and the dominoes collapse. Quite hard to put down, once started."

★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk review

"It is a great book and story and the characters are strong and the story is chilling. Great book, right up there with Mr. Hoskison's other book about his experiences."

★★★★★ iTunes review

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A preview of this book is available to read on Amazon.