Porridge and Passion by Jonathan Aitken

By Jonathan Aitken

The sequel to the best-seller delight and Perjury, Porridge and fervour describes Aitken's trip from sentencing on the outdated Bailey, via his incarceration at Belmarsh felony and the various dramas alongside the best way, to his eventual unencumber and the beginnings of a brand new lifestyles. it's very unlikely to be detached to Jonathan Aitken. a few recognize the best way he pulled himself jointly having been convicted and imprisoned for perjury within the excessive court docket. Many others are much less inspired and stay deeply sceptical. In his sequel to his first quantity of autobiography satisfaction and Perjury Aitken starts off his tale as he's taken down from the court docket and incarcerated at Her Majesty's excitement. He writes frankly of next occasions. Visited through the ever-optimistic Lord Longford, Aitken emerged from the jaws of melancholy a chastened guy. How this outdated Etonian former cupboard Minister on Mrs Thatcher's internal circle controlled to set up new relationships and lasting friendships with fellow prisoners is interesting - so too is that this account of ways spiritual trust remodeled his lifestyles and commenced to persuade the lifetime of others. rising from Bellmarsh criminal someday with not anything yet a black plastic sack of garments, Aitken recounts how he used to be approved at Wycliffe corridor Oxford to learn theology and the way this reconditioned his brain in addition to his soul. Aitken has misplaced none of his appeal, fluency and backbone. yet now those are used for better reasons. He has chanced on a brand new existence and intending to it. The authenticity of this new existence is anything which drives him on, and which readers of this interesting new booklet might be capable of pass judgement on for themselves.

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I got a four. Easy gravy. ' I asked, immediately biting my lip for I had been warned that it was out of order to ask a fellow prisoner what his crime had been. 'Misunderstanding' chipped in Slim with a hollow laugh. Before he could give further and better particulars of the misunderstanding that ended in a 15year jail sentence, an officer came into the cage and announced that Induction would now begin. Induction is a word that survives in only two British institutions: the Church of England, which inducts new vicars into churches, and Her Majesty's Prison Service which inducts new convicts into jails.

In fact he was not the Governor of Belmarsh but Governor 5, the fifth official in the hierarchy of the prison's management. Mr Hewitson wanted to know whether I had been shaken by the incident and how I was getting on with my Induction. 'No problems/1 said. ' 'Well I think you're showing the right attitude/ he said. ' I gave silent thanks to the prisoner who had tried to do a runner, and oral thanks to Governor Hewitson. He also decreed that I should not go over to the clothing department. Instead a clothing orderly brought a set of prison uniforms down to me.

Big Red raised his eyebrows towards the roof as if to signify that he was talking to the village idiot. 'Never know, do you? ' The bushy red eyebrows rolled even higher with contempt for my imbecility. ' 'Well this place couldn't be a better cure for that disease,' I replied. The next dose of the cure came later that afternoon when I was taken to the prison education department to do a literacy test. The opening question of the first written paper was: The fat cat sat on the m-t. Fill in the Hank.

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