#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 2

The #BooksforPrisoners Advent calendar is a ‘Literary Protest’ against the misguided ban on books being sent to UK prisoners. English PEN and the Howard League for Penal Reform have been campaigning against the restrictions, which were introduced in November 2013.

Every day until Christmas, a leading writer recommends a book that they would send to a prisoner.

Today: Cory Doctorow

My Real Children, Jo Walton.

Easily the most moving novel I’ve read this decade. Walton’s book is a brilliant piece of work that explains how beauty can be salvaged from terror and tragedy. I cried my way through all the paper-products in the room reading this, and finished it feeling uplifted in a way that nothing else has ever matched.’

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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