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Prison Break: The Extraordinary Life and Crimes of New Zealand's Most Infamous Escapee

Prison Break: The Extraordinary Life and Crimes of New Zealand's Most Infamous Escapee (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Taylor, Arthur

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Arthur Taylor is New Zealand's best known, most influential, and colourful career criminal. A household name, he was paroled from prison in 2019 after more than 38 years years behind bars. His life story is nothing short of remarkable. He has more than 150 convictions ranging fro...m bank robberies to fraud, theft, escaping, and having weapons and explosives. He has served in New Zealand's most notorious high security prison, Auckland Prison at Paremoremo, including eight months in solitary confinement. But Arthur isn't what most people might expect. Now in his sixties and living in Dunedin, Arthur is an engaging, highly intelligent man who studied law behind bars and took on precedent-setting cases against Corrections and the Crown, cementing himself as one of the foremost authorities on prisoners' rights. He has become, perhaps, a poster child for redemption and rehabilitation. He is now an advocate for prisoners, and a bloody good storyteller. During his time in prison, Arthur masterminded two particularly audacious prison escapes including a weeks-long caper where he and three others holed up at a millionaire's mansion. He has shared cells with some of the country's most feared killers (readers will come across high profile inmates such as William Bell, Liam Reid, Scott Watson, Leslie Maurice Green and Graeme Burton) and is responsible for one of the country's most bizarre behind-bars weddings. His stories of prison life are entertaining, gripping; sometimes horrifying. This book is the story of Arthur Taylor's life, and a potted history of the prison system, particularly prisoners' rights, in New Zealand, including the work put into ensuring prisoners were given the right to vote. It details Arthur's mistakes, his triumphs, and how he outsmarted prison guards - screws - Corrections, and other officials, time and again. It's a warts-and-all look at prison life, and a no-apologies insight into how the prison system can change you for the better, or the worse, told in Arthur's own distinctive voice.
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ISBN 9781988547688
Published NZ 3 Aug 2021
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781988547688
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Published 3 Aug 2021
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 4 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Taylor, Arthur
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Crime
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 392g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade