Prison: A Survival Guide

Prison: A Survival Guide


The cult guide to UK prisons by Carl Cattermole – now fully updated and featuring contributions from female and LGBTQI prisoners, as well as from family on the outside.

Blood – but not as much as you might imagine
Sweat – and the prisons no longer provide soap
Tears – because prison has created a mental health crisis
Humanity – and how to stop the institution destroying it

Featuring contributors Sarah Jake Baker, Jon Gulliver, Darcey Hartley, Julia Howard, Elliot Murawski and Lisa Selby.

‘Essential reading’
Will Self

‘We’re in the justice dark ages and Cattermole’s great book switches on the lights’
Dr Theo Kindynis, Lecturer in Criminology Goldsmiths, University of London

‘It has the potential to change a lot of people’s lives for the better’
Daniel Godden, Partner at Berkeley Square Solicitors’


  • A beautiful, heart-breaking, hopeful, humorous, and insightful analysis of the UK’s industrial prison complex. It touches on everything from the deportation of foreign national prisoners, to how to brew vodka in your cell, and looking for a job on release.
    The Sociological Review

About the author

Carl Cattermole

Carl Cattermole is a an award winning journalist, activist and author of the cult guide to UK prisons, now published by Penguin.
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