Norman Parker, before his prison years

Norman Parker being interviewed on GMTV after being released

About Norman Parker


Norman grew up in a poor, working class neighbourhood in West London, to honest, hardworking parents. Despite performing well at school, in his teenage years he became involved in serious crime. At age 26 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of another criminal.

A troublesome prisoner at the best of times, for many years Norman was the irresistible force against the immovable object of the prison system. His involvement in riots, hunger strikes and escapes saw him moved from prison to prison, often spending long periods in solitary confinement.

In the later years, Norman enhanced his educational background by gaining an honours degree and started to write. On release, his first book 'Parkhurst Tales', a brutal exposé of prison life, became a best-seller, selling over 20,000 copies in hardback.

He has since written four more books and has made regular appearances in the media, commenting on criminal justice issues. In 2003 Norman gained a masters degree in criminology from Surrey University.