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SHORT YOGA DEMONSTRATION by Sophie Whitehouse
BANGED UP ABROAD
As featured worldwide on National Geographic Channel’s Banged Up Abroad, Shaun Attwood uses images and videos to describe his hardhitting journey through Arizona’s deadliest jail run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and his relationship with other inmates, and his own and their experiences.
Shaun Attwood arrived in Arizona a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in Northwest England. He made millions as a day trader during the dot.com bubble but he also headed an organisation that distributed Ecstasy and was jailed. He read over a thousand books in just under six years. By studying psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour. His writing smuggled out of the jail attracted international media attention, which led to him becoming an author. Now he is also a public speaker and yogi. He campaigns against injustice via his books Party Time, Hard Time, Prison Time and a self-help book Lessons, and his blog www.jonsjailjournal.blogspot.co.uk. He has appeared on the BBC, Sky News and TV worldwide to talk about issues affecting prisoners’ rights.
‘a fast-paced easy style’ Hackney Hive
Denis MacShane discusses his book on the time he served in Belmarsh and Brixton Prisons where he found among the inmates ‘only warmth, friendship and shared solidarity.’
Denis MacShane, born in Glasgow in 1948 to an Irish mother and Polish father, read history at Merton College Oxford and has a PhD in International Economics Birkbeck, University of London. Youngest ever president of the National Union of Journalists, he is a former BBC Radio Birmingham producer and was sub-editor in the newsroom of the BBC World Service. Elected MP for Rotherham in 1994, he was Minister of State for Europe 2002-5. In 2009, the BNP made a complaint about the £12,900 he had claimed for networking in Europe. Found guilty of breaking Commons rules, his parliamentary career ended in 2012. He was charged with false accounting to which he pleaded guilty, and sent to Belmarsh and, later Brixton Prison. He is a regular contributor to openDemocracy www.opendemocracy.net
‘Brilliantly observed’ Daily Mail
‘MacShane is eloquent about the loneliness of being in prison.’ The Guardian
‘a fine piece of investigative journalism’ The Independent