A Bit of a Stretch: The Secret Diaries of a Prisoner - Signed, Lined & Dated

A Bit of a Stretch: The Secret Diaries of a Prisoner - Signed, Lined & Dated

  • Signed, Lined & Dated
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released February 6, 2020
ISBN 978-1838950156

£20.00

Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes? Which British education system struggles with 50% illiteracy? Where do teetotal Muslims attend AA meetings? Where is it easier to get 'spice' than paracetamol? Where does self-harm barely raise an eyebrow?


Welcome to Her Majesty's Prison Service, a creaking and surreal world that has been left to rot for decades in the shadows of polite society. 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 oldest, largest, and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.


Horrifying, moving, and darkly funny, this is the unvarnished depiction of what he found. With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to corrupt screws to senior officials bent on endless (and fruitless) reform, this is the reality behind the locked gates. Full of incredible and hilarious stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals the true scale of our prison crisis and why it is costing us all.

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Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins is a British journalist and documentary film maker. He has made several fiction feature films, feature length documentaries and television documentaries.

His work is noted for causing controversy and has faced legal action as a result of his films.

He gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics of the British press. In 2016, he was sentenced to five years in prison for two counts of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, theft and fraud. He published a book about his time in jail entitled A Bit of a Stretch.

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