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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845966511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845966515
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Shaun's trilogy is the UK rave scene meets The Wolf of Wall Street and ends in The Shawshank Redemption" - Jon Ronson author of The Psychopath Test

"If you like Breaking Bad, you will love Shaun's trilogy. Shaun Attwood was the Walter White of the Ecstasy market in Arizona" - DJ Keoki

As broadcast worldwide on Nat Geo Channel's Locked-Up Abroad "Raving Arizona," Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life.

After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano.

On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked his door down. He ended up in the jail with the highest rate of death in America, where not only gang members but even guards were murdering prisoners. Shaun documented the conditions using a golf pencil sharpened on the door: dead rats in the food, the techniques he used to sleep with cockroaches crawling on him, gang mayhem and violence... His aunt smuggled his writing out of the jail, and his blog, Jon's Jail Journal, turned the international media spotlight on the conditions.

Facing a life sentence, Shaun entered a lengthy legal battle. After two years of being held on remand, Shaun was convicted of drug offenses. He was sentenced to 9½ years, and served almost 6.

Shaun had only read finance books prior to his arrest. While incarcerated, he submerged himself in literature - reading over 1000 books, including many classics. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behavior. He credits books for being the lifeblood of his rehabilitation.

Shaun was released in December 2007, and continues to campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He keeps Jon's Jail Journal going by posting stories mailed to him by his prison friends.

In July 2008, he won a Koestler Award for a short story, which he read to an audience at the Royal Festival Hall.

Shaun lives near London, and talks to audiences of young people across the UK and Europe about his experiences and the consequences of getting involved in drugs and crime.

Shaun's life story is the English Shaun Trilogy: Party Time, Hard Time and Prison Time. In 2014, Hard Time was rewritten, greatly expanded and published as a second edition. Shaun's fourth book is a self-help called Lessons.

Shaun is available for interviews and Skype discussions with book clubs.

Customer Reviews

I felt as if the author was looking down and watching all this happening and writing it at the same time.
flashfee
I can't thank him enough for giving me hope and inspiration through my own battles with having a loved one in prison.
Daisy
I had to keep reading the book until I was near cross-eyed because it was so good and I didn't want to put it down.
Ms. M2

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sue O on August 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I first met Shaun Attwood about four years ago via his prison blog, jonsjailjournal. I was an average middle class mom trying to navigate the American prison system. My son was a first time offender with a third degree murder charge pending. Nothing could have prepared me for the shock, the insanity, the absolute uncertainty of dealing with the local and state penal institutions. I was frantically searching out some real, true information about what to expect inside and how to deal. Shaun's entries in his blog were the first glimmer of a voice of reason and hope that I truly felt. Up until then I did not know how our family would survive. It was my pleasure to befriend Shaun and begin a writing relationship, and see his story unfold in real time and then on paper as he worked in earnest to realize the goal of actually fleshing out a book. And the finally to read in print what I saw him experience-this is the truest account I have ever read of what prison life is like, told with gritty reality, Shaun's signature laid back and witty Brit humor (sorry, observed from a Yank's point of view) and absolute truth. He is incapable of lying about the people he met and the experiences he went through. In my opinion this book should be text book reading for high school students, whom he now addresses about the subject in person. Shaun's friendship, his honesty and clear-eyed look at the American prison system and what he experienced personally helped my family survive. His book is as real as it gets. I hope that other readers will get to know the man and the story-it is compelling truth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Secretary on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was a brilliant read! I could not put the book down. The Roller coaster of emotions was truly captivating. I am eagerly awaiting the prequel...
Nice job English Shaun.

Until we meet again...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spada on August 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely great read, who would have thought that being English would stand you in such good stead in an American jail.. (a theory that i hopefully wont be testing)! A real down-to-earth read that gives full insight into the American sentencing system, dropping you right in the deep end with "English Shaun", as you experience with him the stench of his armpits, his fear as he adjusts to prison life and the vile rot that is called prison 'food'.

Nice one Mr English..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed Scarpo on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Has the U.S. found its Solzhenitsyn? In my mind, yes, and he is a Brit named Shaun Attwood who did two years in one of America's toughest jails--the one run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. You probably know Joe if you watch Lock Up (or the competing Lockdown) because these prison shows can't get enough of him. He is best known for cladding inmates in pink boxers, feeding them green bologna and "red death" (he boasts the inmates are fed more cheaply than the police dogs) and opening Tent City when his jailhouses filled to capacity. Tent City is exactly what its name implies: a city of tents in the middle of the desert, where temps rise well over 100 degrees F in summer. A "Vacancy" sign hangs above the concentration camp--yes, that is what Tent City is---and it is lighted so passers-by can see it 24/7.
Attwood came here, to the U.S. an educated Englishman seeking his fortune in finance--and he made it, beyond his expectations. Burned out, though, by the effort it took to salt away a million or so, he dropped out of the rat race and entered the Rave scene. Raves--a lifestyle based on loud music and progious amounts of ecstasy--requires its participants to still earn cash. When Shaun's fortune ran out it looks like he turned to dealing, bumping up at one point against Sammy Gravano. Shaun, arrested for some reason years after retiring from the rave scene and after he had refocused his life on day trading rather than dope peddling--takes us right into the cell. He does what the camera's can't do--takes us in the minds of killers and other assorted criminals and discusses politics and such, the juicy info no inmate with self-preservation on his mind would reveal on television. He paints vivid pictures and has a way with words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M2 on December 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an amazing read. The details of daily life within the jail made me cringe at times, laugh other times, but kept me on the edge of my seat all the time. You find yourself really relating to the inmates, and come out wanting to hear more about them. I had to keep reading the book until I was near cross-eyed because it was so good and I didn't want to put it down. I'm looking forward to more books in the future. If they are anything like Hard Time, its going to be amazing! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flashfee on November 29, 2010
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This book should be used in young offender's institutes, for supervision orders, colleges and schools. It illustrates the downfalls choosing this type of life mainly abroad. It's easy for people to think selling drugs is a quick route to success, but it leaves behind a trail of misery.

I felt as if the author was looking down and watching all this happening and writing it at the same time. Almost like a diary cataloguing the most important parts to help us to gain a (like being there) real life experience. For example when talking about the cockroaches I could feel my skin itching and I had to scratch. When talking about the prisoner who excrement on the walls, explaining the smell, it was horrible as I could smell it. The time when in the pod cell the toilets were blocked and water was turn off, it sounded appalling. Even the sweating from the over heated cells made me feel hot. The description of fights, strip searches and individuals brought the book to life. It gave a real account off the things Shaun had saw and suffered. I was totally scared for Shaun, whilst reading constantly worried that the next part was going to say he was attacked or worse.

There is a mention in the book about Jons Jail Journal (jjj), the prisoner's blogging site recording diary. The idea of jjj is brilliant to me its part of the book because some off the prisoners are in the book. Although the book has come to an end it is good that there is more to read which isn't in the book. I can not wait for part two as I know the story does not end there.

My review is 900 words but had to reduce it so I did not give to much away, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to hear the truth. Thank you Shaun for sharing your story and keeping it real, I have asked my local library to order this book and many of my peers.
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