The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy – Signed Copy

Andy West

ISBN: 9781529032017S


Signed hardback of The Life Inside by Andy West.

First Edition, First Printing.

Hand signed to the title page by Andy West.

This book will be signed at our event with Andy West on 24th February 2022. If you would like a signed and dedicated copy, please specify the dedication you would like in  the ‘Order Notes’ at checkout.

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Bearing witness to the realities of incarceration as a teacher of philosophy in prison, West weaves questions of freedom, choice, responsibility, shame and forgiveness together with personal reflections and family history in this deeply authentic, intellectually thrilling and frequently funny memoir.

Andy West teaches philosophy in prisons. He has conversations with people inside about their lives, discusses their ideas and feelings and listens as the men and women he works with explore new ways to think about their situation. Could we ever be good if we never felt shame? What makes a person worthy of forgiveness? Could someone in prison ever be more free than someone outside? These questions about how to live are ones we all need to ask, but in this setting they are even more urgent.

When Andy steps into jail, he also confronts his inherited guilt: his father, uncle and brother all spent time in prison. He has built a different life for himself, but he still fears that their fate will be his. As he discusses questions of truth, identity and hope with his students, he searches for his own form of freedom.

Moving, sympathetic, wise and frequently funny, The Life Inside is an elegantly written and unforgettable book. Through its blend of memoir, storytelling and gentle philosophical questioning, readers will gain a new insight into our justice system, our prisons and the plurality of lives found inside.

Further Information

Format Hardback
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Published 03/02/2022
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