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Fighting for My Life: A Prisoner's Story of Redemption

Billy Moore

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Autobiography: general

A follow-up to the bestselling A Prayer Before Dawn about Billy's imprisonment in Klong Prem prison, the 'Bangkok Hilton', which details his life in and out of prison here in the UK, his battles against addiction and his path to redemption.

'The next round in Billy's fight is pain-racked, frank and reflective . . . an inspiring piece from a man who's been to hell and back and has the scars to prove it'
JOE COLE

'Brutally honest, dark and disturbing. A book that tells of the reality of drugs and a failing prison system'
NEIL SAMWORTH, author of Strangeways: A Prison Officer's Story

'Billy Moore writes with such a tragic authenticity that it kept me willing for him to succeed, even as I knew he was never too far from self-destruction. It's his self-awareness that I admire - unflinching and brutal and also, it should be said, his wonderful way with words'
Professor Emeritus DAVID WILSON, author of My Life with Murderers 'His life may have had many ups and downs, but Billy is a wonderful example of never giving up'
JAMES ENGLISH

'A true story of forgiveness, not only learning to forgive others but also learning to forgive yourself. An incredibly emotional story about an incredible man who's had an incredible journey'
LIAM HARRISON

'This time I am telling the story of my life both before prison in Thailand and what followed once I was back in the United Kingdom, my cancer diagnosis, more prison time and, finally, redemption. I am trying to understand aspects of my childhood that had a role in my eventual downward spiral into addiction, pain, misery and loss'
BILLY MOORE

Billy Moore spent three years in Klong Prem prison in Thailand, popularly known as the 'Bangkok Hilton', where he witnessed acts of extreme violence and sexual assault. Eventually he found purpose through taking part in Muay Thai boxing tournaments in jail. Here, he found 'a wall of human community' amongst the elite boxers and regained his sobriety.

He was granted early release by the King of Thailand having excelled as a Muay Thai boxer in inter-prison tournaments. But back in the UK and a decade later - with his demons resurfacing - Billy's past caught up with him. He was caught and convicted of a burglary and was despatched to HMP Walton under then home secretary Theresa May's three-strikes rule. Billy has spent almost twenty-two years in various prisons, but since then, he has not only survived cancer, but also gone on to become a powerful advocate of boxing and anti-knife crime initiatives in the Liverpool area, training young boxers.

A Prayer Before Dawn was made into a film directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and starring Joe Cole, of Peaky Blinders' fame. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, but by the time it went on general release, Billy was back in prison in the UK.

In this follow-up to Billy's first international bestseller, an autobiograp

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Praise for Fighting for My Life: A Prisoner's Story of Redemption

  • Praise for A Prayer Before Dawn:

  • A relentlessly active account of a Liverpool man's experiences in Thailand's underworld of kick-boxing, drug dealing and prison. It's like having your head kicked in, ceaselessly, from every direction, which is exactly what this man's life was like. Surrounded by characters in various stages of self-delusion, he tells his story without any self pity, without any sentimentality, acknowledging that all the choices were his. . . . You don't often come across someone who has met Sylvester Stallone and lived like Rambo. - Nerve

  • Praise for A Prayer Before Dawn:

  • Much more than just another sorry tale of misdirection or a series of bad decisions in a foreign land, A Prayer Before Dawn [has] heartfelt elements of self-betterment, vulnerability, and moments of strength that gave his character depth and a believable connection with the reader. - JetLi.com

  • The next round in Billy's fight is pain-racked, frank and reflective . . . an inspiring piece from a man who's been to hell and back and has the scars to prove it.

  • Brutally honest, dark and disturbing. A book that tells of the reality of drugs and a failing prison system.

  • His life may have had many ups and downs, but Billy is a wonderful example of never giving up.

  • A true story of forgiveness, not only learning to forgive others but also learning to forgive yourself. An incredibly emotional story about an incredible man who's had an incredible journey.

  • Billy Moore writes with such a tragic authenticity that it kept me willing for him to succeed, even as I knew he was never too far from self-destruction. It's his self-awareness that I admire - unflinching and brutal and also, it should be said, his wonderful way with words.

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Billy Moore

BILLY MOORE was born in Liverpool in 1973. He had a difficult upbringing and struggled with addiction. In 2005, wishing to make a fresh start, Billy relocated to Thailand and entered a period of sobriety. However, he eventually relapsed and was arrested and charged by Thai police and sent to Klong Prem prison, the infamous 'Bangkok Hilton'. Billy witnessed acts of extreme violence and sexual assault. Eventually he found purpose through taking part in Muay Thai tournaments in jail. Here, he found 'a wall of human community' amongst the elite boxers and regained his sobriety. Ultimately his success as a member of the boxing team at Klong Prem led to his release. Upon release, Billy wrote about his experiences in his book, A Prayer Before Dawn which was later adapted for the screen and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Since then, Billy has not only survived cancer, but also gone on to become a powerful advocate of boxing and anti-knife crime initiatives in the Liverpool area. He trains young boxers and appears regularly in the national media.

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