9781632862945

Redeemable A Memoir of Darkness and Hope

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  • ISBN13:

    9781632862945

  • ISBN10:

    1632862948

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/5/2016
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

Born in Somerset in 1957 to itinerant Scottish parents, Erwin James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home and subject to the whims of various caregivers after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first crime of breaking and entering when he was ten. His teenage and early adult years were spent drifting, and his petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in the terrible events for which he was jailed for life in 1984.

Entering prison at 27, James struggled to come to terms with the enormity of his crimes and a future without purpose or hope. Then he met Joan, a prison psychologist, who helped him to confront the painful truth of his past, and to understand how it had shaped him from such a young age. Her sessions transformed his life. Encouraged to read and to educate himself, over the next twenty years Erwin James would go on to receive a BA in History, and become a regular columnist for the Guardian.

Speaking to the very heart of the human condition, this is a book that offers no excuses--only the need to understand how we become who we become, and shows that no matter how far a person may fall, redemption is possible with the right kind of help. It is an important and timely memoir.

Author Biography

Erwin James began his life sentence for murder in August, 1984. Twenty years later he was released a changed man. In 1998 he began writing a column for the Guardian entitled "A Life Inside." He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and is an Honorary Master of the Open University. He has two previous books: A Life Inside, a collection of his writings from the Guardian, and The Home Stretch. He lives in Wales.

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