Name and Number: Based On a True Story by John Hoskison

Name and Number: Based On a True Story

By John Hoskison

  • Release Date: 2012-10-01
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
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Description

Art student Nick Wood risks selling a few Ecstasy tablets at a party to impress friends and ends up with a two year prison sentence.

Nick hopes to spend his sentence in an open prison, the type he's read about in the papers. The ones often referred to as 'holiday camps'. Instead, his worst nightmare comes true.

Locked up in HMP Blackthorpe, a prison known for its medieval-like squalor, Nick lives at the mercy of the drug barons and in fear of the lifers. Constantly stalked by danger he has to find a way to survive.

To earn protection money he turns to the one thing he's good at—art. But can selling pictures to visitors be enough to keep the mob at bay? Or will he be made an example of by the hard men and suffer the worst type of prison punishment?

Based on the experiences of the author.

ABOUT JOHN HOSKISON:
In 1994, bestselling author John Hoskison broke a lifetime rule by drinking and driving and on his way home, he hit and killed a cyclist. As a non-violent first offender, he was told he would serve part of his sentence in an open prison, but was instead consigned to some of the toughest in Britain.

John was only able to survive his time in prison through the incredible forgiveness he received from the woman whom he'd made a widow and by the support of friends and family who knew his actions were so out of character.

Now John spends time speaking to young people at schools and through community out-reach programs, warning them about taking unnecessary risks and what prison is really like. If anyone is under the illusion that prison is a holiday camp, and that breaking the law just once is worth the risk, read this book.

OTHER TITLES by John Hoskison
INSIDE: One Man's Experience of Prison
A Golf Swing You Can Trust
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Reviews

  • A quick read

    3
    By Mrs Basra
    Short and fairly entertaining - a bit of a shallow feel for me but a good quick read none the less.
  • Fiction

    5
    By Unabashedly superior
    It's a good read, but I'd don't know why it's in the non-fiction section. In one of the first few pages it points out that it is complete fiction. Though his other book on prison is a true story.
  • Roller coaster ride!

    5
    By Whippetness
    A brilliant insight into life behind bars. I really enjoyed this book, it was a real roller coaster ride.
  • Great

    4
    By Missmyhill
    Another great read. Well done John !
  • Easy reading.

    4
    By ZacsMyBoy
    I brought this book after enjoying inside , I also enjoyed this one very much. I found about a dozen repeated words in the book which kept throwing me off, and I feel the end was rushed a little. Other then that I enjoyed my late night reads! I will 100 percent buy again if a new book comes out.
  • Name and Number

    5
    By JanineDillon
    After reading Johns first book 'Inside', I was pleased to have found his second book. From the moment I started reading Name and Number, I couldn't put the book down. An insight to the truth behind the lies of what goes on behind bars and how an individual prisoner understands very quickly the importance of the truth kept aside for the survival of not only his family. But for himself.
  • Good fast paced read

    4
    By jdburt
    Enjoyed it
  • Name and number

    5
    By Yates0721
    This is an excellent read, couldn't put it down! It certainly makes you think about what goes on behind "closed" doors - recommend this and 'Inside'.
  • 1 word ... Excellent !

    5
    By Gavin J.
    An excellent read from start to finish, tough to put down. This is a great follow-up to 'Inside', the fiction backing up the facts.
  • Chilling story

    5
    By C.A.Green
    A great story based on one mans experience in prison. It highlights the fact that anyone can end up in prison if they make an error in judgement or just cannot say no.

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