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Michael Maisey was excited the day he was locked up in the notorious Feltham Young Offenders Institute. He was going to be a legend to all his mates. The 16 year old was in for attempted murder. He was innocent of this particular crime but amongst the violent and dangerous young men on his wing he was about to learn exactly how far he’d go to survive.

In Young Offender we see what turned a good kid into a wanted criminal. Abused by his uncle, bullied at school, at the age of 12 he found the safety he craved in the ranks of a local gang in West London. He graduated from shoplifting to armed robbery and for five years Michael was in and out of Feltham, on a downward spiral of crime and drug and alcohol addiction. At rock bottom, he began attending AA meetings. But the road to recovery would mean changing himself in the deepest possible ways. Could Michael finally learn what it meant to be a good man?

Honest and inspiring, this is a powerful story of redemption. Today Michael is a successful businessman and a loving father who spends time helping others find their way.

 

©2019 Michael Maisey (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"Courageous and brutally honest." (Ollie Ollerton, ex-Special Forces soldier)

"A memoir to shine a light in the darkest of nights...a story of redemption." (Journalist Tony Parsons)

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There's a reason why this book has 5 star reviews

Michael gives an honest account of his life and struggles he faced before becoming a better person. I have never felt so frustrated when listening to how time and time again Michael would fall off the wagon, however, this book gives you insight as to why this happens, and demonstrates that a person not only has to be ready themselves but has to surrounded by people who will support them 100%.

A truly inspiring book and I urge everyone to read/listen to the book. It will give hope to addicts and it will open the eyes of judgemental people.



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Highly Recommend

Even just as a listener I feel so proud of Michael, there are some similarities between our upbringings, so I can truly appreciate what an extraordinary man he is. Well written, well narrated. Great value for money, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Moving and Inspiring

What this man has been through - largely with the battles with his own demons - and still come out the other side is astonishing!

Anyone who has genuinely battled with patterns of self-sabotage will get some sense of how difficult it must’ve been for Michael to turn his life around.
Listening to his book makes me think ‘if he can do it from the circumstances he’s been in, I’m sure I must be able to!’

It’s truly wonderful to see people like Michael go beyond the darkness and have a positive impact upon others trying to do the same.
Thanks Brother! 🙌

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Couldn't put down !!

loved this book so much. laughed , cried and related.
I am truly Inspired!!. what an amazing journey and spirit Michael has.

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Incredible story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. What an inspiration and brave of Michael on telling his story and how he changed his life around to be a better person and for wanting to be a role model to help others who have struggled and struggling with addiction. Definitely a fantastic read. Thank you Michael for sharing this with us.

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Inspirational and inspiring

Not just a book about overcoming challenges, but channeling them for good. An incredible man.

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Extremely moving

I knew Michael from primary school and saw that he was an author so had to check his book out.

I was absolutely moved to say the least reading about everything Michael went through from such a young age from child abuse to drug/alcohol addiction to prison and all the horrific things he experienced and how he has come out the other end a happily married family man with a happy life mature in Devon. I felt a sense of proudness and delight because of how he came through it all.

I highly recommend anybody reads this book wether or not they are suffering with abuse and addiction but also to open your minds about what can possibly be going on in someone’s life behind closed doors.

Thank you Michael for sharing this with us. It has definitely opened my eyes and moved me

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Excellent!

Got the audio book as I have a short attention span.
What an amazing story 🙌

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Outstanding!!

Self Development at its finest.. Breathtaking and honest account of a terbulant life! Thanks 👍

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Incredible story

Amazing story from start to finish and he's a great example for others.
Read very well by Michael himself

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Simply powerful!

I’ve spent the last 8 hours reading this book both on the Kindle and on Audible. It is truly powerful and inspiring to absorb how a troubled young boy and teenager who went through unimaginable turmoil has pulled himself together and turned his life into a success story.

Most of all, I respect Michael’s honestly. This book is unlike the dozens of similar “zero to hero” books, many of which are righteous and self-promoting. This piece of work is as authentic as it gets and the Michael you get to know throughout the journey of his book is the same Michael in real life... honest and genuine.

Buy it for you and for friends and family!