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STRANGEWAYS

Neil Samworth

  • Original Title: STRANGEWAYS
  • Publication date: June 2018
  • Publisher: PAN MACMILLAN
  • Country: GB
  • 304 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Resilience, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Conspiracy, Injustice, Psychological dysfunction, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Exclusion, Violence, Inner-city violence, Power, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity, Diversity, Commitment, Tolerance, Intolerance

Pitch

STRANGEWAYS: A Prison Officer’s Story is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison.

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An Audible chart-topper and Sunday Times bestseller

‘Neil Samworth’s story is authentic, tough, horrifying in some places and hilarious in others. It captivates the reader because the author’s honesty and decency shine through as he tells it like it is on the daily roller coaster ride of prison life in Strangeways. An enthralling, exciting but disturbing book.’ - Jonathan Aitken

Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth grew up in Sheffield and had a variety of jobs before becoming a prison officer at Forest Bank in Manchester. In 2005, he transferred to HMP Manchester, still known as Strangeways, the notorious jail where riots took place in 1990. Sam spent 11 years there. As staffing cuts saw Britain’s prisons descend into crisis, the stress of the job – the suicides, the inhumanity of the system and one assault too many – left Sam suffering from PTSD, and in 2016 he left the prison service.

Summary

STRANGEWAYS: A Prison Officer’s Story is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all – gangsters and gang bangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out.
Sam tackles cell fires and self-harmers and goes head to head with some of the most dangerous men in the country. He averts a Christmas Day riot after turkey is taken off the menu and replaced by fish curry and stands up to officers who abuse their position. He describes being attacked by prisoners, and reveals the problems caused by radicalisation and the drugs flooding our prisons.

This raw and searingly honest memoir is a testament to the men and women of the prison service and the incredibly difficult job we ask them to do.

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  • Author’s biography

    Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth grew up in Sheffield and had a variety of jobs before becoming a prison officer at Forest Bank in Manchester. In 2005, he transferred to HMP Manchester, still known as Strangeways, the notorious jail where riots took place in 1990. Sam spent 11 years there. As staffing cuts saw Britain’s prisons descend into crisis, the stress of the job – the suicides, the inhumanity of the system and one assault too many – left Sam suffering from PTSD, and in 2016 he left the prison service.