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Charles Bronson knows more about life in prison than anyone else in Britain - on either side of the bars. Jailed originally in 1974, his life since then has been one unbroken stretch of over 45 years, much of it in solitary confinement, moved again and again as prison after prison failed to contain his explosive temper. It would be enough to break an ordinary man - but Bronson is no ordinary man, and this is no ordinary prison diary. 

Over the course of a lifetime, he has sampled all that prison life has to offer. In Behind Bars the reality is exposed, and, for anyone who has ever wondered what a long stretch in any of Britain's toughest jails is really like, this is the ultimate guide. 

Written by our most notorious - yet most misunderstood - prisoner, Behind Bars is Bronson's irreverent, hard-hitting and darkly funny guide to life in Britain's penal institutions. From the correct way to brew vintage prison 'hooch' and how to keep the screws from finding it, to taming techniques for prison wildlife that may be your only friends on long stretches in solitary; from the fastest way to win a canteen fight to how to plan a prison wedding, this book tells you everything you need to know - and a few things you don't - about what goes on behind the locked doors of Britain's historic (and sometimes prehistoric) jail cells. Don't get nicked without it.

©2021 Charles Bronson (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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brilliant

to hear how Charles has been treated over the years & gain a comprehensive insight into various prisons around the country was very interesting. I still can not believe he is behind bars even though he has never actually killed anyone!

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Not what I was expecting!

This wasn’t bad, but I was expecting Bronson’s life story. Instead he’s just rating the different prisons he’s been to. Not a bad listen just not what I hoped it would be.

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A peak inside prison life!

Absolutely loved listening to this book from Charlie, I hope there are going to be more audible versions of his other books as I will definitely check them out too :)

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started off ok

started off good then about half way through became boring and repetetive. didnt finish bored me too much!

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Boring

That’s over 11 hours of my life I’m not getting back, very very boring, so much so that I didn’t actually finish it, I left an hour or so before the completion, I have listened to many criminal stories and found this one tedious.

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Hard work

A rehashed version of the a-z prison guide from years ago. Do not be fooled

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Loved it

I really enjoy listening to prison story’s I need to find more of Charles Bronson books

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Amazing

listened to it in one day
what a fella what a life he has had

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Amazing

This book is so interesting, heartbreaking and funny. An eye opener and compelling. My only thing was about Kenneth Erskine, he's not in Broadmoor and is in a medium risk facility now. Has been for at least 5yrs. I guess Charlie didn't know that at the time of writing.

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  • jake hancock
  • 31-03-21

anti climax

I was looking forward to this book but honestly I didn't finish it. it was so boring

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