A Bit of a Stretch

A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2020
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Synopsis

'Funny, shocking and powerful.' - The Secret Barrister

'Fabulous. A must-read insight into why prison doesn't work.' - Jon Snow

Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes? Where is it easier to get 'spice' than paracetamol? Where does self-harm barely raise an eyebrow?

Welcome to Her Majesty's Prison Service. Like most people, documentary-maker Chris Atkins didn't spend much time thinking about prisons. But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film, he was sent down for five years. His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.

With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to senior officials bent on endless reform, this powerful memoir uncovers the horrifying reality behind the locked gates. Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all.

  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 9781838950170
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 303g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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A Bit of a Stretch
This is Going to Hurt, in Prison
What Adam Kay did for the NHS Chris Atkins does for prisons. A fantastic, funny and disturbing read that will have you laughing and crying in equal measu... READ MORE
Alex Stead
A Bit of a Stretch
Fascinating and Worrying
This book really opens your eyes to life in prison. It's a fascinating and equally worrying description of life on the inside by someone who has been ther... READ MORE
john925
A Bit of a Stretch
Doing Time.
Chris Atkins, a documentary film maker and author of this book, was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a tax fraud case, relating to a film ... READ MORE
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A Bit of a Stretch
Non-Fiction, Memoir
After reading “The Prison Doctor” and enjoying it I couldn’t resist putting a request in for “A Bit Of A Stretch” This book is very interesting, informa... READ MORE
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A Bit of a Stretch
After reading this book, your view will change.
Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said at a speech at the UN, "How a society treats its most vulnerable is always the measure of its humanity." For many, those w... READ MORE
Yonni.I
A Bit of a Stretch
Doing Time.
Chris Atkins, a documentary film maker and author of this book, was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a tax fraud case, relating to a film ... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
A Bit of a Stretch
Prisons, to add to every other broken UK institution
Despite the heavy subject, Chris Atkins brings a lot of humour to the absolute disarray he first hand witnessed inside UK jails. Hopefully it might lead to... READ MORE
Charlotte Ferizolli