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Books in prison

Books in prison

Prisoners can no longer receive books as gifts. This terrifies, and so it should: civilisation is made of books – and where, even Conservatives can surely admit, is there a greater need for them than in "the prison estate" that is disproportionately filled with the illiterate? Administrations that hate books ordinarily hate people too. The obvious quotation is from the 19th-century German poet Heinrich Heine: "Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings", he wrote in his play Almansor.
read more from this article in The Guardian


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