Arthur Taylor is one of New Zealand's most high-profile prisoners,
having more than 150 convictions and having served more than 38
years in prison.
While in prison, Arthur educated himself, studying by correspondence for a legal executive qualification. He has represented himself in court since the 1980s, often successfully and is regarded as one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on prisoners' rights.
Arthur is now on parole and living in Dunedin where he continues to advocate for prisoners' rights.
'Prison Break is an intelligently written memoir written by a highly talented author, remarkable for its honesty, candour, and Arthur's obvious passion for natural justice. It is a fast and racy read, the pace of which never flags throughout. The reader's attention is grabbed from the start, with detailed and exciting narratives based on Arthur's obvious capacity for recall and the detail he includes to colour his stories.
He comments with complete candour on the characters and personalities of many of the high-profile criminals with whom he has associated over the past 65 years, as well as many of the justice officials and judges he has encountered.
He also provides interesting and detailed explanations of some of the many legal battles he has been involved with against the Department of Corrections and some of its officials.
Over the years I have read many memoirs of criminals and inmates, published in New Zealand and internationally. With the high quality of its writing, the intelligence of its analysis and the excitement of the subject matter, this book certainly stands out as one of the best.'
Greg Newbold, Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury
'The good, the very bad, and the unbelievable - Arthur Taylor's life has had it all.' Mike White, author of Who Killed Scott Guy?
'A law professor told me he thought Arthur Taylor is one of New Zealand's great legal minds. It just so happens he's a great storyteller, too.' Jarrod Gilbert, author of Patched: the History of Gangs in New Zealand.