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Summary

Previously published as You'll Never See Daylight Again.

The gritty prison memoir of Michaella McCollum, one half of the infamous 'Peru Two', imprisoned in a Peruvian jail for attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine from Peru to Madrid in August 2013.

She was just a regular girl, spending the summer working at a bar in Ibiza, until she was approached by a man who asked her if she'd like to make some quick, easy money...and it would change her life forever. This is the truth of her time in prison, told through her own diaries and letters to her mother, family and friends, recounting tales of vicious guards, psychotic inmates and horrendous prison conditions.

A brilliantly affecting tale of a naïve young girl who starts out in the Ibiza party scene and comes of age in the dark heart of Peru, before finally emerging into the sun a stronger, more confident, mature young woman.

Coming soon to BBC Three - High, a documentary about Michealla's arrest, conviction and time in a South American prison.

©2019 Michaella McCollum (P)2019 Bonnier Books Ltd

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Better out there!

Given the topic this should have been better than it is. The story starts off well however quickly becomes a constant plea for sympathy which is very irritating. The author is constantly blaming everyone else for her predicament and so full of self entitlement it takes any enjoyment away from what could have been a good listen. AVOID there’s much better out there

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Boring...Self Pitying...AVOID !

Ok...let me start by saying that had I purchased this title full price, or wasted a credit on it..I would have been getting a refund, but as it was only £3...i'll accept the loss.
Other than killing a few hours of boredom during Covid lockdown, there is nothing good to say about this book !

When you are dumb enough to try to smuggle Kilos of class A drugs internationaly to South America, don't whinge when you get caught and jailed ! It is just a pity that the author wasn't made to serve her entire sentence....for stupidity !

So...in my opinion, there are far better prison memoirs out there...dont waste your time or cash on this self- pitying rubbish.

And not knowing where Peru was.......oh dear !

The only plus is that narrator did her best with what she had had to work with.





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Interesting Listen

Interesting listen, it's always horrible to hear how people are treated in some foreign prisons and what they have to do to survive. However the only sympathy I had was for the family of Michaella and not Michaella herself and I found on occasions throughout the book, the way it was told or come across was that I was listening to the story of an innocent person who had been wrongly imprisoned, not that of a guilty person who knowingly smuggled drugs. There is only so much you can pity yourself In a situation you put yourself in, knowing the risks and what could happen.

#JUSTSAYNO
#DONTDOTHECRIMEIFYOUCANTDOTHETIME
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fantastic

forget pre conceived ideas about these 2. makes a great listen and gripping story. very well written

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Really enjoyed

Great narrative, really enjoyed listening, and hope that something so negative for someone stays very positive

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Similar to an episode of banged up abroad

Loved it. As other reviewers have said, if you remove Michaella from the situation it actually is a very good read. The story is gripping and insightful, similar to an episode of banged up abroad. Michaella herself plays the victim far too much for my liking but it was a very enjoyable read regardless

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Great listen

I thought this book was a great listen, I didn’t want to stop listening and definitely gave the authors side of the story, yes she was wrong, young and stupid but turned her life around 180 degrees

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Eye opener to many young teenagers!

This story really tells how precious life is and how many people in this world don’t appreciate the little thing we all take for granted in every day life! I hope many young people get a chance to listen to this book!

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Very good book

Was hooked on this book from start to finish. What an amazing real crazy story

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Good to hear an account of the actual events

Really liked the narrator of the book! Really engaging. I enjoyed listening to Michaelas story. Would say it’s good to try raise awareness for anyone silly enough to think being a drug mule is ok. I didn’t have any pity for her throughout the book I’m afraid but sounds like she is a very strong person based on how she coped in Peru and rebuilding her life.

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