Erwin James came to public notice with his series of columns in the Guardian detailing what it was like to serve a life sentence. Published as A Life Inside they make up a major contribution to prison literature. The enduring question remains as to how such thoughtful sensitive work could have been done by someone who was guilty of two particularly brutal and pointless murders. it’s a subject James returns to in his new book Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope.
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