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These are the true and uncensored accounts of Australia’s hardest inmates, from Australia’s hardest inmates.

These are the true and uncensored accounts of Australia’s hardest inmates, from Australia’s hardest inmates.

Martin Bryant – who killed 35 people and injured another 23 at Port Arthur in 1996 – is a 160kg slob who trades sex for chocolate in Risdon Prison. Twenty years after Australia’s worst massacre, his blond hair is gone, and so is his self-righteous smirk . . . but he is as evil as ever, showing no remorse for the crimes that shook the nation. He is just one of the killers in the rogues’ gallery of Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates.

You will meet the alleged hitman and undisputed hardman called ‘Goldie’, feared by both prisoners and guards alike. John Reginald Killick will tell you how he really escaped from Silverwater Jail in a helicopter and survived Pentridge Prison’s notorious ‘Hell Block’. And former Rugby League star Craig Field will tell you his incredible story of how one wrong pub punch landed him in prison limbo.

From the rise of ISIS gangs, the lethal underground drug and tobacco trade, and the threat of contraband phones, to shiv fights, brawls and white-collar criminal beat-downs, the secret lives of Australia’s most dangerous men will be on full display.
Award-winning author and journalist James Phelps reveals the horror of life inside Australia’s most notorious prisons, including Grafton, Cessnock, Pentridge, Minda, Risdon, Silverwater, and Lithgow.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143780533

    August 1, 2016

    Ebury Australia

    272 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780143780519

    August 1, 2016

    Random House Australia

    272 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780143780526

    July 31, 2017

    Ebury Australia

    272 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Extract

There is no escaping the truth. Even though some might escape jail – and you will soon hear the first full account of the world’s most famous jailbreak later – every prison in Australia is a house of horrors.

They are all bricks and bars, sex and stabbings, head-jobs and heroin. And in the following pages you’ll read the full and shocking account of what jail is like, with some of Australia’s most infamous inmates going on the record for the first time.

You will meet the alleged hitman and undisputed hardman called ‘Goldie’; John Reginald Killick will divulge how he really escaped from Silverwater Jail in a helicopter and survived Pentridge Prison’s ‘Hell Block’; and former Rugby League star Craig Field will tell you his incredible story in a series of interviews conducted from inside a maximum-security jail.

But first, let’s meet David Hooker … and find out how the juvenile justice system in New South Wales made him a murderer.

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