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Tony Levy 

The Autobiography of Tony Levy 

Have just finished reading 'Turnkey or not' by Tony Levy. This is a really good read. A fascinating account not just of working in the prison service but of what it is like working in any of our service industries (Health, police, armed service education etc) with their finely structured hierarchies and relationship to power and incompetence. Despite the burdens of stressful work and problematic management people still find a way to be creative and have a laugh. Good luck with the rest of your life Tony.

Reviews from the United States of America

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine insider information within a prison!

By Kathleen P. Rowland


In A TURNKEY OR NOT talent writer Tony Levy writes a gripping autobiography of his twenty five years in Her Majesty's Prison Service. It's a fascinating read. I've always wanted to know what goes on from an emotional perspective from someone who knows. One of the most interesting aspects is how the staff is treated by senior managers and other circumstances having to do with internal politics. Working there has extreme ups and downs with happy incidents and tragedies. Tony Levy also writes from a prisoner's perspective. 

A TURNKEY OR NOT is a well-documented and genuine

4.0 out of 5 stars An Insider's Story September 4, 2012

By piney woods books


Over Cuba Libras while on holiday, a happenstance meeting changes forever the direction of Tony Levy's life.

In A Turnkey or Not, the author relates in great detail (I really admire his ability to remember the details!) many of the incidents, anecdotes and stories that he's collected over a 25-year career as a prison officer in the British prison system.

From his initial training at Officer Training School, HMP Leyhill, to his first assignment at Pentonville, I marvelled at the glimpses he gave of the inside workings of his new employment.

Anyone interested in learning the inside workings of Britain's prison system would appreciate Mr Levy's book.

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