#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 12

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: Nikesh Shukla

Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist is an incredible look at segregation and inequality through the veneer of pulp noir. In a made-up 1920s of lift inspectors, Whitehead looks at the roles of religious zealotry and righteousness versus pragmatic activism. As a lift inspector investigates a faulty lift, she is drawn into a murky world of race politics, segregation and the spirit of activism. And what we’re left with is a strange, funny and weird story about our basic human right of equality. It’s the most out there crime thriller you’ll read, and the one that says the most about our humanity.

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