The #BooksforPrisoners Advent calendar is a ‘Literary Protest’ against the restrictions on books being sent to UK prisoners
Every day until Christmas, a leading writer will be recommending the book that they would send to a prisoner as part of English PEN and the Howard League’s Books for Prisoners campaign.
Whilst the campaign saw a major victory last week, with the High Court ruling that the ban on books for prisoners was unlawful, we need to keep up the pressure until family and friends are once again able to send books to their loved ones in prisons.
Today: Francesca Simon
I would recommend Amanda Craig’s Hearts and Minds
Because it’s an engrossing story about exiles, loners, and immigrants all linked by the murder of a Russian au pair. Craig’s big, compassionate novel follows a host of disparate characters from trafficked women and taxi drivers to a human rights lawyer and journalist as they jostle about trying to survive in present day London. A true state of the nation book.
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