Inside (One Man's Experience of Prison) A True Story - John Hoskison

Inside (One Man's Experience of Prison) A True Story

By John Hoskison

  • Release Date: 2012-02-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 104 Ratings


This is a true story of a journey to hell and back.

In 1994 John Hoskison was a highly respected and successful professional golfer. Then, one evening, after a tournament, he broke a rule of his life by drinking and driving and on the way home he hit and killed a cyclist.

Hoskison knew he'd never escape the pain he'd caused and felt a prison sentence was justified.

As a non-violent first offender, he could have expected to serve part of his sentence in an open prison, but was instead consigned to some of the toughest in Britain; places of medieval-like squalor and violence.

"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, Author and Champion Jockey.

"...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. January, 2012

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A Golf Swing You Can Trust
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About John Hoskison...

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. He regularly contributes to golf magazines.


  • A must read for our Global Youth!

    By Gstair
    Before ever reading INSIDE, I had only imagined how it must be for someone living (or going to live) on the harder side of life. Personally, I believe it should mandatory for troubled teens and young adults that are showing the propensity to fall from Grace. The parents who want their children to walk the straight and narrow (Who doesnt) should read this as a community. This book shows the arduous struggle of a good man taking respnsibility for his actions. Thank you Mr. Hoskison for your life advice and your golf tips.
  • Inspirational, and a wonderful read!

    By Whitey_Fisk
    Loved every chapter of this gripping story.
  • Great prison book

    By Arpowre3
    This book is very good. Mr Hoskison has a story that could happen to anyone. He wasn't a criminal, but he wound up in prison trying to survive amongst the likes of them. I admire the story, and enjoyed reading it. Highly recommend!
  • Great read

    By SChillbilly
    Loved the book. It was very interesting and offered a lot from a much different perspective.
  • Inside

    By ACT007
    Good Read! Valuable lessons!
  • Inside

    By Andrewk64
    Book goes beyond prison life of the mid 1990s England. It's also about one's ability and willingness to acknowledge their weaknesses and take personal corrective actions in order to live life to the fullest Excellently written by someone who never should have been incarcerated in the hell holes he was placed. An incredible and very emotional account of survival, luck and golf!
  • Fantastic book!

    By Exotic Sofia
    What an amazing story, I have already recommended it to friends. I never in my life really knew what prison was really like, I never wanted to ask my brother how it was, but after reading this I can just imagine what he must have gone thru. This reality can definitely scare the wits of children.
  • Outstanding

    By 1SG Lugo
    This book is an outstanding, detailed account of life behind bars. I am a US Army Soldier and the prevention of substance and alcohol abuse is often stressed. We warn our Soldiers against drinking and driving and it repercussion. I will recommend this to them especially the younger ones. Thanks again for your story.
  • Inside

    By Dr. Singer
    Great account of a man who learns from hIs crime. The ending was very important to me. While John described the horrors of prison and the "system", I continually thought he was not addressing his reason for imprisonment. His last words in the book are defining. I will share this book with many of my students and counselors. If one young person can be deterred from crime, drugs, and prison, maybe the death of that man on the bicycle will not have been in vain.