Who said finding yourself was easy?
When a wild night out in Barcelona in 1972 ends in a savage police beating and imprisonment, 22-year-old William's dreams of becoming an artist lie in tatters.
Against all odds, his mind as broken as his body, William begins to find a way forward. The bars in the cell window are real, but so are the wisdom and kindness of his Zen cellmate. For the first time, he senses a way to be free – on the inside. He begins to face the demons of his past; the anger and nihilism that come from a childhood of poverty, abuse and neglect. And he makes the first entries in the journal that changes his life forever. That journal became this book.
'A Wild Ride to Freedom' is the inspiring true story of one man's triumph over evil fate. And evil prison food.
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About the Author
- Barcelona is one of the world's most visited cities – and much in the public eye at the moment
- Under Franco, Modelo was Spain's most notorioius jail, and the last to stop using the garotte as a means of execution (in 1974, after Will left). In 2017, the last inmates were transferred elsewhere and it opened to the public.
- An unusually moving and inspiring memoir about overcom¬ing the odds and (eventually) finding fulfilment
- A film of the author's experiences is in production
William McLellan was born in Yorkshire in 1950. He has been attacked by Guy the Gorilla, done time in Fascist Spain's most notorious jail, received a degree in Fine Art from Hornsey College of Art, jammed with Bob Dylan, made over 100 music videos, and run Friday Football on Ealing Common for 10 years.