Prison by Edward Marston
Look inside with Google Book Preview
By Edward Marston


Five Hundred Years of Life Behind Bars

By (author) See other recent books by Edward Marston
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $76.12
Your Price: $68.51 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $7.61! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $3.43 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 8-11 days

Prison by Edward Marston

Book Description

This compelling history of our most feared institution charts the growth of prisons across the country: castle dungeons and decaying hulks, the dreadful Fleet and Marshalsea of Dickens' novels and the soulless structures of Dartmoor and Reading Gaol. Drawing on rarely seen material from The National Archives, it vividly portrays aspects of prison life that stayed constant for centuries: loss of liberty, privacy and comfort; hard labour; restricted rations; and, solitary confinement; corporal punishment and execution - as well as tracing key developments such as Jeremy Bentham's panopticon, the Victorian spate of prison-building, and successive reform Acts. The book also relates the curiosities, abuses and scandals that occurred within prison walls, from the racking of Henry VIII's enemies to the force-feeding of Suffragettes centuries later. At the heart of the book are dramatic stories of the men, women and children who lived - and died - behind bars. Their extraordinary tales range from those of political prisoners incarcerated in the Tower of London to celebrities such as Oscar Wilde who wrote so movingly of his imprisonment at Reading Gaol. "Prison" tells the stories of wartime convicts, suffragettes and highwaymen, cult criminals such as The Krays and 'ordinary' prisoners like armed robber James Edward Spiers - who in 1930 committed suicide at Wandsworth Gaol in front of a group of JPs gathered to see him receive 15 lashes. There are also fascinating accounts of officers, governors and executioners as well as reformers like John Howard and Elizabeth Fry, who spent their lives seeking to improve the lot of prisoners within.

Buy Prison book by Edward Marston from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781905615339
ISBN-10: 1905615337
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: The National Archives
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Edward Marston

Steps to the Gallows by Edward Marston Steps to the Gallows, Paperback (February 2017)

A scurrilous newspaper has built up a large following by publishing details of political and sexual scandals. When the editor is killed and the printing press smashed to bits, the Invisible Detectives are hired by the man who financed the production of the paper.

Date with the Executioner by Edward Marston Date with the Executioner, Hardback (February 2017)

1817, Chalk Farm, London. At dawn the scene is set for a duel between a lady's two ardent admirers. Although the duel is broken up, later in the day one of the duellists is found dead, shot between the eyes. Paul and his twin Peter are determined to see justice done and are soon enmeshed in threads of inheritance, treachery and fraud.

Dance of Death by Edward Marston Dance of Death, Paperback (October 2016)

London, 1916. Crowds cheer as a great fireball drops slowly down and crashes in a field but the one person unable to watch is Simon Wilder. While he is staring up at the sky, he is stabbed to death and left in an alleyway. It will prove to be a very puzzling case for Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy...

Enemy Within by Edward Marston Enemy Within, Hardback (October 2016)

Pentonville Prison. Wally Hubbard is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hubbard makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hubbard, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hubbard has another target in his murderous sights.

» View all books by Edward Marston


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Prison book by Edward Marston and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Edward Marston

Edward Marston is a renowned writer of historical fiction and non-fiction. His most recent books include The Iron Horse (2007), and John Christie ( 2007) for The National Archives. He taught drama in prison and has a strong interest in penal conditions and reform.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Edward Marston close
Steps to the Gallows by Edward Marston
Date with the Executioner by Edward Marston
Dance of Death by Edward Marston
Enemy Within by Edward Marston
Signal for Vengeance by Edward Marston
Timetable of Death by Edward Marston
Steps to the Gallows by Edward Marston
Shadow of the Hangman by Edward Marston
Painted Lady by Edward Marston
Deeds of Darkness by Edward Marston
Dance of Death by Edward Marston
Malevolent Comedy by Edward Marston
Princess of Denmark by Edward Marston
Timetable of Death by Edward Marston
Ticket to Oblivion by Edward Marston
Counterfeit Crank by Edward Marston
Vagabond Clown by Edward Marston
Shadow of the Hangman by Edward Marston
Inspector Colbeck's Casebook by Edward Marston
Five Dead Canaries by Edward Marston
» close