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Title:
Young Offender
Written by:
Michael Maisey 
Read by:
Michael Maisey 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
7 hours 55 minutes 
Published:
August 01 2019 
Available Date:
August 01 2019 
Age Category:
Adult - Explicit 
ISBN:
9781529028997 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Biography; True Crime 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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From shy, abused child to one of London’s most wanted teenage armed robbers, this is the extraordinary story of one man’s fight to leave his criminal past behind.

Michael Maisey grew up during the late '90s on the Ivy Bridge Estate in Isleworth, west London. Abandoned by his father and abused by his uncle, scared and wanting to feel as if he belonged, he fell in with a local gang. He started drinking, taking drugs and shoplifting. By the time he was 15 he was an armed robber. When a poorly planned raid on his local corner shop went wrong, he was sent to the infamous Feltham Young Offenders Institute. Michael's first stint in Feltham left him hardened. Assigned to the Quail Wing, home to the institute's most violent and dangerous offenders, he soon established his place in the system. Over the next five years, Michael became one of London's most wanted armed robbers. In and out of prison, he was accused of drug-dealing, assault and even attempted murder. Totally dependent on drugs and alcohol, he was subjected to a controversial detox program which ended in a failed suicide attempt. At rock bottom, he began attending AA meetings. But a drug-deal gone wrong left him with an ultimatum – change or die. Could he leave his criminal past behind?