Inside by Julia Jarman


Written by Julia Jarman

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Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010

This is raw and powerful writing but a book that should be read for it doesn’t shy away from telling the reader exactly how awful a Young Offenders’ Institution is for a first-timer.


Inside by Julia Jarman

Aged seventeen, Lee is inside for a crime he has committed. And he soon finds out that prison is not the holiday camp he's heard about. Warned to 'play by the rules' he has to decide whose rules - the screws' or the other cons'. Life in a YOI is about survival. But the real struggle is inside Lee himself. Is he destined to be a 'career con' or can he choose to change his life?


This well-researched book is no easy ride as it illustrates the grim reality of prison life for young people. Bookseller's choice, The Bookseller This is raw and powerful writing. Lovereading4kids The dilemmas Lee faces in this violent and uncertain environment make for a compelling read. Books for Keeps This bleak and unsentimental book is well worth reading. Carousel It would be good to get copies inside the YOI's because I'm sure the lads will enjoy reading it. -- Gemma Baranowski, Youth Offender Team Worker Gemma Baranowski, Youth Offender Team Worker

About the Author

Julia Jarman

Julia Jarman has written over 60 books for children. Born in 1946, Julia was brought up near Peterborough, and attended local schools. Her family had a small plot of land on which they kept chickens and pigs. They also had a dog, two cats, a succession of rabbits, and for a short time, a grass snake! Her pets have featured in her stories at some point. This little plot was important to Julia as she could escape there and read or just do nothing - essentials for a good imagination.

As a child she became a book worm and visited her local library on an almost daily basis. She started at one end of a shelf and read all the books until she reached the other end. Julia decided when she was 8 years old to become a children's writer, having read Little Women and the sequel Good Wives. The character in these books, Jo March, became a writer when she grew up and Julia wanted to be like her.

To begin with, Julia wrote to magazines, comics and newspapers and managed, at the age of 8, to have some work published.

On leaving school, Julia went to university to study English and Drama. She became a teacher to earn a living while developing her writing. During this stage she got married and had three children. Reading to her own children made her realise the importance of children's stories and underlined her determination to write.

Encouraged by her children, Julia started writing about people that were life like and exciting, and included some scary situations. Her philosophy is to take real life and add some 'what ifs' - and then anything can happen.

Julia still likes to read a lot but has to also make time for writing, which takes up about four days a week. She has little time for many hobbies as she also likes to visit schools one day a week to get feedback from children.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 12 from 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th January 2010




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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