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Summary

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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Not my usual book but loved it

My husband got this book and so I thought I’d give it a try. I was hooked straight away and finished it in 2 days. Just brilliant and really well narrated by Vanessa herself. A surprisingly emotional end too. Defo recommend!

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Insightful & interesting page turner

I thought this would be interesting but it was much more than that. I enjoyed Vanessa telling her story and it came across as honest, informative, pretty gruesome at times but with humour also.
I felt Vanessa’s emotions whether it was frustration, anger, pride, happy or sad and I shed tears with her. What a remarkable lady and a credit to the prison service.

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Best Book Ever!!!!

This was by far the best audiobook I have listened to. I didn't want it to end. What an incredible insight into the work of the prison service and narrated by the person herself. Also fascinating to hear about how real prisoners (some famous ones) have behaved in jail. Amazing how clever prisoners are in their attempts to smuggle in drugs, phones etc and how the officers always have to be one step ahead.
Truly brilliant book!

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Great read

Great read, very honest good insight into prison life, author is Great. would love another one, I'm sure there is lots more to tell

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Very, very good.

If you like a prison book then definitely try this one. I loved it.

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The forgotten service

Wow! Eye opening, hard hitting, moving, and very interesting. It’s given me a huge admiration for the prison service.

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Enlightening

Vanessa Frake tells her fascinating story very well. I have recommended it to a few people.

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Best book iv had the pleasure of listening to

Really enjoyed it and loved that the author was the narrator I’d recommend it to everyone

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Enjoyable!

we'll narrated Autobiography of life in the prison service most of us ignore and wouldn't even contemplate as a career. These people are heroes doing an unpleasant job. Vanessa shines some light on the darkness of penal institutions. To some extent she brushes over her PTSD and her life post prisons, but on reflection strikes the right balance. A recommended title for crime buffs!

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  • 01-09-21

Brilliant 🤩

Absolutely loved this book and sad when it ended . What an amazing story and amazing woman . I laughed and cried and just loved every minute of listening to it x fascinating 👏👏👏👏🌸

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  • 22-09-21

Brilliant Book

So lovely to hear it in Vanessa’s voice. What an amazing life and what great service.