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Her Majesty's Philosophers
by Alan Smith
Informative, entertaining, against the grain, Her Majesty's Philosophers highlights the artificiality of prison life. By a Guardian correspondent (and with extracts to be published in that newspaper) this book is set to be a penal affairs classic which every student of crime and punishment should read. Building on his Guardian pieces about teaching Philosophy in prison, ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Waterside Press
(first published January 1st 2013)
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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Smith when he came to visit South Texas College earlier this year; I didn't know what to expect, all I'd heard was an "English philosopher who taught in prison is going to give a lecture of sorts". Though I hadn't read his book yet, I couldn't help but show up. Smith was absolutely hilarious, and after actually having read his book (which, by the way, is also hilarious, profound, and it's difficult NOT to feel some form of empathy with the prisoners), I hope he ...more