On Philosophy, Prison, Freedom and Shame

An interview with philosopher Andy West

Van Gogh, Prisoners Exercising (1890), Public Domain .

Andy West is Philosopher in Residence at HMP Pentonville, and the author of the frankly brilliant The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy, which is due out from Picador in February 2022.

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