The Damage Done by Warren Fellows

 

“Gritty and harrowing.”

This is the story of a man who is sent to jail in Thailand for drug smuggling. It’s a harrowing tale and despite the writer’s quick acceptance of his own guilt, it’s difficult not to relate to the horrendous example.

This book takes you right into the filth and infestation of the prison, including the lancing of a prisoner’s neck to release numerous wriggling worms from the wound. These are from a cockroach which has crawled into his ear and laid eggs in his neck.

Written in a pragmatic and yet almost prosaic style, this story is hard-hitting and not for the squeamish. If you enjoy real life-turnaround stories that don’t hold the punches, then this is a good book to read.