September 1, 2015



My new book

My new book

So I decided to write a book… not for favour or for any other reason but to try to bring some understanding to how we become who we become. When I went to prison for life in 1984 I had no ambitions or aspirations – no notions of ‘rehabilitation’ or redemption. I was at the bottom of the deepest hole with no desire to try and climb out. I was finished and I was glad my disaster of a life was over. I never dreamed I would live again, let alone become a writer for a national newspaper or a writer of books. But the journey of life has a way of taking you on the most unexpected twists and turns. For the sake of the people who suffered because of me I wish I could go back and change things. I can’t. None of us can. And I wish I could say that writing this book has brought me some peace. It hasn’t.

Pre Order online here: Redeemable – A Memoir of Darkness and Hope – published by Bloomsbury February 11 2016

3 responses to “REDEEMABLE?”

  1. Jenna says:

    I work with children experiencing the type of childhood you have described in Redeemable. I also experienced many of the environmental factors which consequently informed your choices (and mine) when you were a young adult. I will be recommending your book to my fellow counsellors (in fact anyone) working with children. “Everyone is born loveable”, everyone deserves the opportunity to “become who they should be”. Thank you for sharing your story, I feel very humbled and inspired!

  2. erwin says:

    Thanks Jenna – I never expected to achieve much with the book other than to show how damaged child lives might turn out if we don’t pay attention. May I say huge respect to you and colleagues for the work with children that you do.

  3. Emma says:

    I just finished ‘Redeemable’ and could not put it down, you are very talented and honest. I have a degree in criminology with psychology and my dream job is the same as Joan’s because I so agree with all of her sentiments that you described. I hope to lend my book to many friends and family members so they can gain an understanding of how detrimental childhood traumas and circumstances can be. We live in a judgemental world and though you make no attempt to excuse your past crimes and clearly take on the responsibility, you certainly encourage understanding and empathy.
    Keep writing.

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