Network Norwich and Norfolk > Resources > Culture > Culture Archive > Norfolk chaplain's novel view of US prison life

Norfolk chaplain's novel view of US prison life

JackLawsonSmall2010: A former US prison chaplain, who now lives in Norfolk, has used his experiences to write his first novel, throwing light on the harsh life behind bars.
 
Doing Time is the compelling, true-to-life story of a young woman, Annabel Lee, who is wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a crime committed by her wayward husband. Beginning before her birth, the story opens in the rural American South of the 1950s, and tracks the brutal relationship into which Annabel Lee is born.
 
As she grows, Annabel Lee cannot escape the cycle of violence and abuse that surrounds her. Naively, she elopes with her teenage lover in the vain hope of an escape from her cruel past, only to discover that she has entered upon an equally harrowing stint in a women's prison.
 
In the unlikely fellowship behind bars, and through her relationships with inmates, staff and particularly the prison's chaplain, Annabel Lee courageously moves from the scarred existence as a victim to the life of a survivor.
 
DoingTimeDr Jack Lawson (58), who lives in Wymondham, based the book on his experiences of working at the North Carolina Correctional Centre for Women back in the 1970s.
 
Filled with the local colour of life in rural North Carolina between the 1950s and 1970s, Doing Time is a poignant-and at times humorous-story of multi-generational trauma and abuse, and the journey of the human spirit to healing and redemption.
 
Today, Jack is the training and development officer for the East Anglia District of the Methodist Church, holds a PhD in the Hebrew Bible and holds workshops on "reading the Bible on its own terms" for lay and ordained.

He is also tutor at Norwich Centre for Christian Learning at Norwich Cathedral, where the book launch will officially take place in the Weston Room from 6.45pm on Wednesday December 1.
 
Jack’s previous books have been in his speciality field of Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. His wife Chris, is a mental health specialist working with children and families.
 
www.cathedral.org.uk

Book available from Norwich Christian Resource Centre, on 01603 619731.

Do you appreciate our service and stories?

The Network Norwich & Norfolk website has been published for over 13 years now and we have an established team of professional journalists covering the activities, organisations and churches which make up the county’s Christian community. Our whole purpose is to support that community by daily providing accurate, unbiased stories and features.

To pay for that service, we rely on our partner organisations, advertisers and readers to, in turn, support us financially. We want to keep the website free for everyone to access and continue to be able to pay for writers to produce the content you can enjoy every day.

We would like to ask you to consider supporting our work and suggest you might want to make a small regular donation of just £1 a week and become one of our 100 Friends, or a larger one-off or annual amount.

Because we are part of a registered charity we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations if you are a tax-payer.

Click here to fill out a standing order form and to add an extra 25% for free via Gift Aid

Click below to donate instantly via a credit or debit card or Paypal


 Recommended reading 
Not rated. Write the first review or comment
ImpressBloc640
Site Search

 Norfolk services........ 

 Accommodation......... 


Twitter-button  facebookbutton

 

Sign up for our
free e-newsletter


Send us your latest local news and events