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 recently, 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: Hilary Spurling
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson is traditionally dismissed as a children’s book but I first read it as a grownup, and I don’t know how many times I’ve read it since. It’s the story of a murder and a manhunt, set in the Scottish Highlands soon after the Scots’ last attempt to smash the union with England had been defeated in 1746. A man and a boy flee from invisible soldiers through mountains and across wild moorland. But nothing is quite what it seems in this strange twisting tale, laced with panic terror and washed down with great gulps of fresh air.