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The Sunday Times top 10 best seller.

As seen on This Morning.

Back in the day, I was governor of security and operations for HMP Wormwood Scrubs. If you’re easily shocked or offended, you best look away now....

Having worked for 16 years in a high-security women’s prison dealing with the likes of Rosemary West and Myra Hindley, Vanessa Frake thought she’d seen it all. That was until she was transferred to the notorious Wormwood Scrubs.

Thrust into a ‘man’s world’, her no-nonsense approach and fearless attitude saw her swiftly rise through the ranks. From dealing with celebrity criminals and busting drug rings, to recruiting informers and being subject to violent attacks, this hard-hitting but often humorous memoir reveals all about life behind bars in unflinching detail.

Now, for one last time, the Gov opens the prison gates. Prepare for the madness and horror of daily life with the UK’s most ruthless criminals.

©2021 Vanessa Frake (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Enlightening and fascinating

I really enjoyed Vanessa's book. Really interesting and eye-opening. I would not want her job!

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Fantastic

What a brilliant book listen for yourself
Thanks Vanessa loved it when’s the next instalment gonna be ready

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really good

a most enjoyable listen. The narration was very good and all the better because the author was the narrator. She was down to earth, clear, understandable, and dramatic but without any sense of over play. It was quite clear that what she said was true but also not in the least over dramatized. I really enjoyed her story and would listen to a follow-up of her life if she was to write 1. I would also quite happily listen to a similar tale of one of her colleagues if she was to recommended

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Compelling read

Really enjoyed listening to Vanessa tell her story of life in the prison service. Definitely worth purchasing

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Fascinating

An absolutely fascinating insight into the life of a prison governor. Not a job for most of us but someone has to do it!

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Fabulous book

I have read many prison books over the years this is by far the best I worked with Vanessa back in her Holloway days what a great person and to go on to the scrubs to achieve so much well done.

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Amazing

I was hooked from start to finish! So interesting and well put together! Would highly recommend

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What an eye opener

the story of Vanessa and her life in our prison service and the crazy abusive prisoners she had to deal with . I found this book incredible. excellent voice for audible gave me an insight into the job a prison officer does. Vanessa told her story so well I was hooked till the end.
incredible lady hard worker against all the crap the prisoners and service gave her , she put her life into the job.
Pleased to hear you are happy now you've found your new life and it didn't break you.
we'll done and thank you for your service. amazing lady.

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What a brilliant book I couldn't stop listening to it and it is narrated beautifully

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Thoroughly interesting and touching story

I found this story both fascinating and touching a very honest and enlightening insight into British prisons and the people that they house.
Highly recommend