This is a true story of a journey to hell and back.
In 1994 John Hoskison was a highly respected and successful professional golfer. One evening he shattered his world when he broke a discipline he had maintained for twenty years and accepted a drink before driving home. This single moment of weakness had tragic consequences. On the short journey he hit and killed a cyclist and was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison.
Devastated by his actions Hoskison was thrown into an unimaginable world of regret and remorse. He knew he would never escape the pain he had caused and thought a prison sentence totally justified. Only one thing saves Hoskison - the incredible attitude adopted by the widow. The story describes the forgiveness he receives which acts as a catalyst for his survival.
As a first time offender Hoskison was led to believe he would spend time in an 'open' prison, the sort he had read about in the papers. Instead he spends his time in some of the toughest prisons in Britain.
The story grips from the start when Hoskison swaps the safety of green fairways for the medieval squalor of HMP Wandsworth, where drug taking and violence are rife and prison officers can throw victims to the hard men.
This book is much more than a story of crime and punishment. It is a true tale about how quickly our lives can be shattered by taking a risk - just once. Reviews
"This is a must read book. Not just an insight into how prison really is but a real life story that illustrates just how quickly your life can turn upside down. There but for the grace of God..."
John Francome, Bestselling Author and Champion Jockey.
"A journey to hell and back. Entertaining, and 100 times more scary than any drink/drive campaign."
"Ought to be compulsory reading for all Home Office ministers."
Allan Massie - Daily Telegraph"This brave and important book should be read by all those who have anything to do with the treatment and condition of those committed to our prisons."
Lord Ramsbotham - Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons "A searingly honest account. John Hoskison tells it like it is, as opposed to what gets portrayed on TV or at the cinema
Professor David Wilson - Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University - former Prison Governor
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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John Hoskison was educated at St John's Leatherhead. After a short time working in a bank, he became a professional golfer and played the European PGA tour until 1985.
He was elected Surrey Professional Golf Association Captain and has twice represented Europe in PGA Cup matches against America. He has also led England in the European Team Championships. In 1992, he won the Club Professionals Grand Slam including the national title.
Since his prison sentence John has spoken to over 80,000 youngsters about the dangers of taking unnecessary risks whether it be to do with drugs, alcohol or simply speeding in a car. He is ambassador for the organisation No Offence.