A Rusty Gun

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Penguin Books, Limited, Aug 25, 2011 - Criminals - 400 pages
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'Thoroughly worthy of your time . . . offers erudite insight. Those who want an eye-popping parade of gangster talk and graphic criminal case studies won't be disappointed'

In his acclaimed memoir A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun, Noel 'Razor' Smith told the brutal story of life as a violent, hardened criminal who had spent the near entirety of his adult existence behind bars. Now, in A Rusty Gun, he explains how he not only got out of jail, but also turned his back on crime.

The journey he undertook was overwhelming. Intense therapy designed to uncover the deepest roots of his antisocial behaviour laid him bare. Over five years, he, alongside some of Britain's most-dangerous prisoners, was effectively broken down and rebuilt into a citizen capable of taking his place in society. At long last, Noel was going straight.

One of the most candid accounts of criminal reform ever written, as well as a powerful portrait of the failures, and rare successes, of Britain's penal system, A Rusty Gun is an unforgettable story of life on the inside.

'Provocative, funny, thoughtful'

'I can't put it down. Smith's accounts of life beyond the windowless walls of Wandsworth, Belmarsh, Whitemoor, Dartmoor, Albany, Dovegate, Grendon and countless others are chilling beyond belief'

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About the author (2011)

Noel Smith was born in London in 1960. He has 58 criminal convictions and has spent the greater portion of his adult life in prison. Whilst in prison he taught himself to read and write, gained an Honours Diploma from the London School of Journalism and an A-Level in Law. Author of four books, he has been awarded a number of Koestler awards for his writing and has written for numerous major publications. He is now out of prison and Editor at Inside Time magazine.

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