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: Alex Preston
Tony Parker, the great forgotten chronicler of everyday life in the ‘70s and ‘80s, leaps into the lives of his subjects in the most moving and remarkable ways. I realise this is a book for prisoners, rather than about them, but I can’t help but recommend his beautiful, unjudgmental interviews with prisoners serving life sentences, collected in Life After Life. We see the good that shines from people who have done bad things, we see always the possibility of redemption, the deep humanity that lies in all our hearts. Tony Parker, reaching out with his extraordinary sympathetic imagination, makes us, his readers, feel known, less lonesome, understood.