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Ever wondered what life is like for our Aussie jailbirds? Is it as bad as Wentworth or Orange is the New Black? No. It’s worse.

Ivan Milat, the notorious backpacker serial killer, is not the most feared person in the prison system. Nor is it Martin Bryant, the man responsible for claiming 35 lives in the Port Arthur massacre. No, the person in Australia controversially ruled ‘too dangerous to be released’, the one who needs chains, leather restraints and a full-time posse of guards is Rebecca Butterfield: a self-mutilating murderer, infamous for slicing guards and stabbing another inmate 33 times.

But Butterfield is not alone. There’s cannibal killer Katherine Knight, jilted man-murderer Kathy Yeo, jailbreak artist Lucy Dudko, and a host of others who will greet you inside the gates of Australia’s hardest women’s jails. You will meet drug dealers, rapists and fallen celebrities. You will hear tales of forbidden love, drug parties gone wrong and guards who trade 40-cent phone calls for sex.

All will be revealed in Green Is the New Black, a comprehensive account of women’s prison life by award-winning author and journalist James Phelps.

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  • Paperback

    9780143782827

    April 16, 2018

    Ebury Australia

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143782810

    July 3, 2017

    Ebury Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780143782834

    July 3, 2017

    Random House Australia

    304 pages

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Extract

The officer walked into the cell and shouted her name.

‘Schembri, Victoria?’ he asked. ‘Schembri, time to go.’

Thank goodness. The nightmare was over.

But it wasn’t. Oh no, it hadn’t even begun.

Schembri was taken and put on a prison truck. She was transported to a place called Mulawa, a prison in Sydney’s south- west that you will become very familiar with.

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