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JAILBIRDS: Lessons from a Women's Prison

Mim Skinner

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Autobiography: historical, political & military, Gender studies: women, Penology & punishment, Prisons

Gripping and inspirational stories from one of Britain's most notorious prisons

Step inside one of Britain's most notorious prisons...
During her time as a prison teacher Mim Skinner met every type of criminal. But her job was not to judge them, it was to teach.

In this compelling, inspirational memoir Mim takes you behind the bars. From drugs and violence to pregnancy and heartbreak, Mim's classroom saw it all. With high drama but also candid humour The Prison Teacher is full of eye-opening stories of those without a voice, revealing the human side of our country's most controversial institution.


'Shocking, poignant and darkly funny' Woman & Home
'Full of nitty-gritty details of life inside' The Guardian
'Humbling, hopeful and wryly hilarious' The Herald
'Very real and powerful account' Kate Paradine, CEO of Women in Prison
'A humane, sometimes humorous, and always perceptive account of prison life' Ken Loach
'Very funny and important' Pandora Sykes, co-host The High Low Show

AS SEEN ON BBC BREAKFAST
A STYLIST NON-FICTION BOOK OF YEAR 2020

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Mim Skinner

From 2014-2017, Mim Skinner worked inside prison as an art teacher. She now runs the women's project for the charity Handcrafted, supporting women reconnect to community, housing and recovery from addiction through creativity.
She is also a co-founder and director of multi award-winning community interest company REFUSE, which works to intercept food that would otherwise go to landfill. The REFUSE cafe in Chester-Le-Street also works alongside local mental health services and probation and prison resettlement services. After publishing Jailbirds Mim was named by Elle Magazine as one of 2019's '50 Game Changers'. Mim lives in the north-east of England with her husband, Sam and their cat, Monkey.

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