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The Wing Orderly's Tales

The Wing Orderly's Tales

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by Carlo Gébler

The Wing Orderly’s Tales is about damnation and redemption, humour and darkness, and the slivers of humanity that survive in even the harshest environments.

B-format Paperback | 180pp | ISBN 9781848404946 | Release Date February 2016

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 ‘It’s jail,’ I said. ‘Don’t expect better of anybody in jail. Expect worse.’

Welcome to Her Majesty’s Prison Loanend, where inmate Harold ‘Chalky’ Chalkman – serving twelve for a violent assault, and lucky not to have been done for attempted murder – works as the orderly to ‘E’ and ‘F’ wings. Burning with authenticity, The Wing Orderly’s Tales is about damnation and redemption, humour and darkness, and the slivers of humanity that survive in even the harshest environments.

This blistering account demonstrates how fiction can sometimes out-do non-fiction when it comes to arguing for the rights of others. Think of To Kill a Mockingbird, or Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy, both of which appeal to our sense of humanity and justice, albeit in different ways. Gébler’s enlightening series of linked histories remind us of how men are simply left to rot in their own psychological ordure, without redemption, in the name of so-called justice. It is an essential contribution to any debate on the penal system, and reminds us that long-term incarceration is a death sentence as lethal as any injection or the electric chair.
— The Sunday Times