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: Esther Freud
I’d recommend Falconer by John Cheever. Apart from being one of the most powerful and exhilarating books I’ve ever read, it follows the story of Farragut, a college professor, sent to prison for murdering his brother. The detail, the dialogue, the visceral description of day to day life in the American prison system would make anyone know they are not alone with their experience. It manages to be funny, inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure. In fact, leafing through it now, I’m going to re-read it myself.