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  • Three editions: trade paperback; 100 numbered & 26 lettered copies

FORTHCOMING MAY 2019

Brixton is one of the country’s most notorious prisons. It is London’s oldest and 2019 will mark its 200th anniversary. The House on the Hill tells the story of this remarkable, experimental institution and also recalls the colourful lives of some of its residents – among them terrorists, serial killers, spies, politicians and rock stars.

• In the 1820s it popularised the treadmill; Brixton had several, each one joined by a central axel, leading to a building that ground flour to feed the capital’s prisons.
• In 1854 it became the first women’s prison, with the first ever female governor, Emma Martin, with a nearly all-female staff.
• In the 1980s/90s, ‘Fraggle Rock’, the notorious mental health wing, was so poorly managed at one point it was linked to the suicides of fourteen prisoners and three staff over an eighteen month period – still a national record. The head of the prison service at the time described it as a ‘hell-hole.’
• Today Brixton is still at the forefront of change as London’s first ‘resettlement’ jail. The Clink, a restaurant residing in the old governor’s house, is rated as the fourth best in the capital.
• The book is punctuated by vignettes of some remarkable characters. Early on we meet the Oyster Eater – a vagrant whose insatiable appetite made him the scourge of London’s costermongers; The Forty Thieves, a gang of children who terrorised south London.
• The staff get a look in too: the brutish first governor John Green, who was publicly sacked for violence and drunkenness. Famous figures from recent times include Mick Jagger, Oswald Moseley, John Christie and Bertrand Russell.

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Trade paperback

£14 plus shipping

224 pages. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers, text paper and endpapers. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-910691-42-7

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100 Numbered/signed copies

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224 pages. Format approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; full colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-43-4

Includes black & white photographs.

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Signed by the author.

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26 Lettered/signed copies

£*** plus shipping

224 pages. Format approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; full colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-910691-43-4

Includes black & white photographs.

Details tbc.

All lettered copies are signed by Christopher Impey and Raphael Rowe.

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EARLY PRAISE FOR…

“A fascinating history of London’s oldest prison. From Britain’s first female prison governor to a gluttonous oyster thief, from rebel Poplar councillors to the desperate inhabitants of ‘Fraggle Rock’, this is an essential read for everyone interested in the history of prison and penal reform.”
— Caitlin Davies
author of Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades

“Finally, a book that really shines the spotlight of truth into the darkest recesses of a British prison. The House on The Hill is an impressive must-read and Chris Impey captures the atmosphere, history and legends of Brixton Prison like a master of his trade. Too good to miss.”
— Noel ‘Razor’ Smith
author of A Rusty Gun: Facing Up to a Life of Crime

Christopher Impey is an award-winning journalist and radio producer. He spent nine years working in HMP Brixton where he was Managing Editor of National Prison Radio – the world’s first national radio station for prisoners. Before that he was employed at the BBC as a reporter and producer. He has made a number of documentaries for Radio 4, including London’s Oldest Prison, based on his research into HMP Brixton.

Raphael Rowe is an investigative journalist and the presenter of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons on Netflix. He served twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, spending part of his sentence in HMP Brixton. His conviction was quashed in 2000 and following his release he worked as a reporter for the BBC on a number of programmes including Panorama. His investigative work helped to overturn the conviction of Barry George who had been found guilty of the murder of Jill Dando, the television presenter. He is currently working on a BBC documentary about Miscarriages of Justice.

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