Albert Woodfox to visit the UK for Hay Festival


Text is delighted to announce that Albert Woodfox, author of the compelling memoir Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope, will be visiting the UK at the end of May.

Albert Woodfox will be at the Hay Festival in conversation with Sarfraz Manzoor on Friday 31 May. Click here to book tickets.

Woodfox will also be available for media. Please contact or call +44 (0)20 7405 7422 for details.

Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement – in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana – all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.S. and around the world.

This a chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds.

‘[A] book that is wrenching … Woodfox’s story makes [for] uncomfortable reading, which is as it should be. Solitary should make every reader writhe with shame and ask: What am I going to do to help change this?’ Washington Post

‘This breathtaking, brutal, and intelligent book will move and inspire readers.’ Publishers Weekly [starred review]

‘An important story for these times…An astonishing true saga of incarceration that would have surely faced rejection if submitted as a novel on the grounds that it never could happen in real life.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘[A] profound book about friendship … told simply but not tersely…If the ending of this book does not leave you with tears pooling down in your clavicles, you are a stronger person than I am.’ New York Times

Solitary is the stunning record of a hero’s journey. In it a giant, Albert Woodfox, carries us boldly and without apology through the powerful, incredibly painful yet astonishingly inspiring story of a life lived virtually in chains. He is, as readers will learn, a “Man of Steel”.’ Mike Farrell, actor, M*A*S*H

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