British Government Justice Minister Bans The Sending Of Books To Prisons

British Government Justice Minister Bans The Sending Of Books To Prisons

‘In one country prisoners can get four days off their sentence for every book they read, in another a ban on sending books to prisoners is being introduced.

The first country – not generally known for its enlightened prison system – is Brazil; the second country – to our shame – is the UK, booktrade info tells us.’

For more information see Tim Finch’s article at:

Where Tim describes the action by minister Chris Grayling as not just nasty but bizarre.

Are we moving towards a fascist state where the next action will be the banning and burning of books by our Conservative government? Over dramatic, I hope.

A recent report found that people who read are more compassionate and understanding of the feelings and situations of those around them. Mr Grayling obviously did not read the report. The findings would particularly apply to a person serving a sentence in prison.

I’m asking whether you would feel able to send a book to a prison. I want to find out the interest, initially, before we decide the date and prison.

If you are interested in taking part please contact me, and circulate, if you feel able to, to fellow authors and publishers.

My email address is

Books to Prisons - I think it best to send the book to Mr Grayling at the House of Commons. There are two reasons for this, one being that a prison probably won’t be able to receive the book so the protest would be wasted, two, it would be better that Mr Grayling receive a lot of book parcels for the prisons for him to distribute.
And books are books, so take part whether you are a reader or author.
Banning the sending of books to prisons is the taking away of the right to read, a human right. Mr Grayling should not be allowed to do this.

Mr Grayling’s address is:

Mr. C. Grayling MP
House of Commons,