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‘Charlie Smith is only one of many similar men who are at this moment living unhappily among us, or are confined in prison now but must sooner or later be released.’
The Unknown Citizen (1963) was Tony Parker’s second study of a criminal recidivist.
‘Mr Parker’s very moving book tells what happened the day Charlie left prison and in his first year of freedom. Charlie himself contributes a pitiful attempt at a self-portrait. We have the author’s conversations with the magistrate who sentenced him, with his sorely tried elder sister and with others who have come into his life in the last 18 months… The final chapter is masterly… This is literature, not just another book on crime.’ D.L. Howard, Telegraph
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