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Harry Shaw is a man charging headlong down the path of his own destruction. From passing out with a bag of drugs money in the wrong hotel room, to assaulting a dangerous convict with a bucket of boiling water and a blade.Confronting Demons is the frank tale of just how low a man can sink. A tough, drug-obsessed criminal who will do almost anything to get what he needs. ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
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Rick F.
Aug 19, 2012 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
Magnificently written and emotionally powerful memoir of a man who survived the most horrific of experiences- drug addiction and the outdated - almost Victorian Penal System. Harry Shaw is a most engaging writer- this is no ordinary "going through hell to become a better person" memoir- rather it is filled with humor, terror, angst, cutting wit and a whole of other superlative adjectives too lengthy to list. Suffice to say, once you stat reading Harry's unforgetable memoir- you will not be able ...more
Harry Shaw
Jun 27, 2012 Harry Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Harry by: Life
Howard Marks (Mr Nice)

Harry Shaw has written a book I couldn't put down.
A story of a life addicted to A class drugs.The people he met whilst spending time in prison and the lifting experience of their recovery.
It opened my eyes.Read it.

Dave Courtney OBE.

Harry Shaw was and is a well known face,in and out of the prison system.He was known as a good earner and could hold his hands up.He didn't mind a roll about on the floor if he had to.Bit of the "Jack the lad" but everybody loved him.That was bef
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Chris Thrall
Jul 23, 2012 Chris Thrall rated it it was amazing
Having come out of a long stretch in Britain’s most vile penal establishments, Harry Shaw is one hell of a bloke – no thanks to the outdated Victorian punishment meted out to the interesting yet socially excluded characters in this cleverly laid-out memoir. It’s due to the belief invested in them by the former participants, staff and, eventually, the prisoners themselves making up the RAPt – the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust – program.

This book blew me away from the first page. I
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Jill
Feb 09, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
Confronting Demons by Harry Shaw

LOVED IT LOVED IT!!

We all have our own demons,this book tells how a few men dealt with theirs,drug addiction.
Don't be put off by the subject of the book,its able to reach you and grabs at a whole range of emotions within the reader. It had me laughing,crying, feeling anger,sympathy and wanting more!!

Harry Shaw makes his characters,all known to him,feel as if you know them personally too. Infact i'm sure 1 was my neighbour at some point.

Also i was brought up that
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Vinnie
Nov 07, 2011 Vinnie rated it it was amazing
Harry Shaw has written a book I could not put down. I have spent time in prison myself and know that what he writes is true. Howard Marks ( Mr Nice ) did a forward to the book and I doubt he would put his name to something that was not good. The people Harry describes come alive along with his surroundings. He says that he changed names to protect the innocent and the guilty and believe me there are lots of guilty people in there lol. The madness that goes on has a flavour of Irvin Welshes ...more
Pops
Nov 06, 2011 Pops rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh out loud and was very moving at times. It is written like a novel but is a true story which I couldn't put down. Harry writes about the individual characters he met on the rehabilitation wing in Pentonville Prison whilst they are free commiting the crimes and using drugs before getting arrested whilst Harry himself is behind bars. They all meet up once inside on the Rapt wing where they are all trying to help eachother stay clean. This is where Harry started to write this ...more
Sally McRogerson
Jul 31, 2011 Sally McRogerson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is about a guy who got his recovery through RAPt in Pentonville, although RAPt no longer have a unit there. It's hard to read at times but gives a flavour of what they do, and why. If you're interested in prisons and prisoners it may be an eye-opener. From my perspective, what it won't allow is for you to hold that well-honed prejudice that all addicts are the scum of the earth . . . Brave enough to give it a go or is that prejudice too ingrained?
Nick
Nov 06, 2011 Nick rated it it was amazing
a must read, had me gripped from start to finish, a well written book, describes surroundings and characters really well, and the pain and suffering that comes with addiction. Even if your not an addict, or had any involement in drugs or crime. This book will interest you, this guy has danced with the devil on more than one occassion and lived to tell the tale to write this book....

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Tim
Jun 27, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
Howard Marks (Mr Nice)

Harry Shaw has written a book I couldn't put down.
A story of a life addicted to A class drugs.The people he met whilst spending time in prison and the lifting experience of their recovery.
It opened my eyes.Read it.

Dave Courtney OBE.

Harry Shaw was and is a well known face,in and out of the prison system.He was known as a good earner and could hold his hands up.He didn't mind a roll about on the floor if he had to.Bit of the "Jack the lad" but everybody loved him.That was bef
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Chris Steeden
Mar 10, 2014 Chris Steeden rated it really liked it
I certainly thought twice before buying this book as I was under the impression that it would be a truly depressing read. That is not the case at all. It starts off with back stories of crimes (all with comic twists) from prisoners in the RAPt program in Pentonville prison that Harry Shaw is participating. A lot of dramatic license has been inserted to the back stories and this book was on the way to 3 stars at best but then it moves to the author and his story. This is when you get sucked into ...more
valpal
Jun 20, 2013 valpal rated it it was amazing
Harry Shaw tells the story of his addiction and recovery with humor and compassion. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.

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