And, of course, Jeffrey Archer.
(And in South-East Asia we could also add Pak Pram.)
In the Times Peter Wayne, newly released from prison salutes great writers who drew strength from their incarceration which they used to fuel their writing.
Wayne is himself has:
20-odd years’ worth of scintillating journals that I have hung on to come hell or high water in 30-something prisons ...and now plans:
... to anatomise incarceration in a way that will enlighten and entertain future generations. It is my hope that, in future, readers will be able to read my work and say: “That was how it really was.”I hope it works out for him and that he doesn't need to ... erm ... go back and collect more material!
Incidentally, I am very interested in initiatives like the Writers in Prison Network in the UK. Wonder what the possibility of setting something up like this here would be?