Email from Millie

 Just woke up to this lovely email from a student:

 Dear Mr Attwood,
 I wanted to email to say thank you from me and on behalf of the rest of my year for coming and talking to us at our school yesterday afternoon. I also wanted to thank you for talking to us and not at us. You really engaged us all and I know that everyone took at least something away from your talk. Speaking to my friends after we had dinner with you, we all agreed that your talk was the best, in the sense that it was the most interesting, eye-opening, captivating and enlightening.
 We would like to praise your courage to come and share your story with us. We know, especially from speaking with you later, that it took you incredible strength to deliver such an outstanding presentation.
 We would also like to say how much we admire the fact that you have the confidence to face your past, know you made a mistake and are trying to help others make sure they do not make the same mistakes you made. After you came and talked to us, I spent an hour reading your blog, and your writing is amazing.
 Once again, we thank you for your time your books and your story. Those massive cockroaches must have followed you here, because to our horror, we found a cockroach outside someone's window this morning!
 Many thanks,
 Millie and the rest of Form Four
 Heathfield School, Ascot

My talk to college students:

Shaun Attwood

Dawn of a New Adventure (Part 13)

Last Saturday night, I spoke at a fund-raiser for Paul Denham, a partially blind Englishman serving life in prison in California for a murder he never committed. I met Paul's mum in 2012 at a Koestler Trust event and I posted his story here. Since then, the movement to help Paul has gained momentum and the London Innocence Project has accepted his case.

In addition to my talk on drugs and prison to schools, I've recently launched a new talk to schools based on the 10 most important lessons I've learned in my life as set out in my new self-help book, Lessons. Any teachers interested in my new talk can book it through this link. 

My third book, Prison Time, was published successfully in the UK last month, completing my life story as a trilogy. Kindle orders will not be delivered worldwide until April 30th. Amazon USA hasn't shipped out any books that were pre-ordered in America, but the Book Depository is shipping worldwide, so if you are in America and you don't want to wait for Amazon USA, you can cancel your outstanding order and get it from the Book Depository by using this link.

So far no copies of Lessons have been shipped, but the ebook is being delivered in the USA via this link and audio books are being delivered worldwide using this link. If you want to listen to the beginning of Lessons then click "play sample" at this link.

I've been receiving emails from people who have read Prison Time asking when the biography that Two Tonys dictated to me is going to be published. Thanks to my new Dragon voice recognition software, I'm dictating the notes I took in prison to my computer, so it's coming along much quicker than typing it up. This is the first blog that I'm actually dictating to my computer. It's great not to be hunched over typing.

On the evening of May 21 in London, I'm doing another Banged-Up Abroad talk, including a question and answer session. Tickets are available here.

Shaun Attwood

From T-Bone (Letter 19)

This jail is crazy. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is supposed to be a public official. Ha! He is a real joke. I think he gets off on making people suffer in as degrading conditions as possible. There is no justification for people to be living like this who are unsentenced. There is supposed to be a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

The food is worse than you can imagine and we get absolutely no sunshine. They've been feeding us peanut butter every day for over a year now. Every night we get lentil beans with corn starch and fake meat we call "dog or horse meat." Only two meals a day! They feed us oranges that have no juice. They're completely dry. I am hungry all of the time.

I thank God that so far I haven't had to put my hands on anyone in here, even though there are a few who need it. There are people in here who don't think twice before running into someone's cell to smash them even though there are two cameras in our pod that don't miss anything. The guards just turn their backs to all of the violence because they're too lazy to do the paperwork. Every day, I always here someone banging or screaming for help.

A few months ago, a guard was doing pull-up exercises on a water pipe and it broke, flooded the guard tower and fried all of the computers ans electronics. That's why we were all moved - same cells, different floor.

I am truly sorry to read that Jack has cancer. He is a strong man, a good Marine. God bless him.

Thank you for mailing a signed copy of Prison Time to my wife. How is the life you have chosen going now that you are an established author? How is your niece and family? Is London loud and crazy or safe and friendly?

Each One Teach One
Steel Embrace
Strength and honor

I now have two books featuring T-Bone, the hard-hitting Prison Time and a self-help book, Lessons from a Drug Lord– both include T-Bone fight stories

Numerous readers of Vice Magazine have requested I set up a donation page for T-Bone. Here it is.

Shaun Attwood