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Howard Marks (Mr Nice)
Harry Shaw has written a book I couldn't put down.
A story of a life addicted to A clazz drugs.The people he met whilst spending time in prison and the lifting experience of their recovery.
It opened my eyes.Read it.
Dave Courtney OBE.
Harry Shaw was and is a well known face,in and out of the prison system.He was known as a good earner and could hold his hands up.He didn't mind a roll about on the floor if he had to.Bit of the "Jack the lad" but everybody loved him.That was before he got on the shit and this book will explain better than I could, the battle he had with it, the opportunities, friends and relationships he lost whilst on it.
And the epic battle, which he finally won, which has earned him the respect that he now gets from everybody.
I for one salute you Mr Shaw
After spending almost 33 years behind a locked door in the British penal system, most of it before the introduction of in-cell television, I think it is fair to say that I have read a lot of books. So when a friend of mine recommended a book called Confronting Demons I wasn’t in much of a hurry to reach for my reading glasses. I had been out of prison for almost a year and reading books was not high on my list of priorities, besides which I figured I had read most everything that was worth reading. But my friend persisted and even sent me a copy to make sure I complied. Eventually, on a train journey from Fareham to Birmingham I started to read the book. And once I had started I could not stop!
Confronting Demons is one of those rare books that hooks you in right from the start and keeps you reading till the end. Written by an ex criminal and drug user it is a visceral examination of the author’s own addiction to heroin and the ‘lifestyle’ that goes along with it. It perfectly illustrates how the misuse of hard drugs can drag an addict to the lowest depths of violence and depravity. This was a man who would not hesitate to do whatever he felt was necessary in order to feed his addiction – and what he considered ‘necessary’ would terrify the average person.
As well as being a fantastic read, Confronting Demons is an indictment of a prison system that is doing very little to eradicate the scourge of addiction in long term prisoners. The fact that Harry Shaw found his eventual redemption on a prison RAPT course was sheer chance, and he had to beg to be allowed on it. This is a must-read book for anyone involved in the criminal justice system of this country and for those who wish to understand the mindset of the addict.
Harry Shaw is a writer of exceptional talent and I look forward to his next book.
Highly recommended.
Noel ‘Razor’ Smith – Commissioning Editor of Inside Time (The national prisoners newspaper) and
Author of ‘A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun’ (Penguin), ‘Raiders’ (Penguin), ‘Warrior Kings’ (Apex) and ‘A Rusty Gun’ (Penguin)

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