Here’s a turn up for the books: prisoners are to be banned from receiving books.
The backlash is in progress. Mary Beard is quoted “Books educate and rehabilitate.” Our friends at Prison Reading Groups can attest to that. Some quotes from them: “I never knew you could get so much from books.” ‘Talking in the group made me want to read.” ‘For one hour a month I feel that my opinion is valid, that I am listened to, and that others care what I say. In the Book Group, everyone is given a voice, all have an equal say.’