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Vicky Pryce ex wife of former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne writes book of life behind bars
7:30pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
Economist Vicky Pryce, pictured below with Chris Huhne, was sentenced to eight months for accepting speeding points on behalf of Huhne.
In her book she talks openly about her experiences inside, from karaoke nights, to bingo and how she won the empathy of her fellow inmates.
All the royalties from her book Prisonomics, will be donated to a women’s charity helping ex-offenders find work.
In it the 61-year-old lifts extracts from her prison diaries and looks at how the system treats women.
Serialised in a national newspaper, the book reveals the reality of life inside London’s Holloway Prison for a middle-class woman, where she spent just four days before being moved to an open prison.
Beginning at March 11, the day she was sentenced to jail alongside Huhne, Pryce details the moments she was prepared for transfer to prison, complete with a suitcase full of clothes and her handbag, which to her surprise contained £1,400 in cash.
She writes: “To my complete embarrassment there, in between diaries, packets of tissues, cheque books, loose credit and store cards, letters and newspaper clippings, we brought out a tenner here, a £20 note there, the odd £50 note, and a few fivers I had been given as change.”
Other extracts refer to how her fellow inmates helped her to settle in on her first night, offering spare blankets to help keep the cold out, and how prisoners would snog in the library.
Reason Pryce says she wrote the book because she discovered that, like her, most of the women she met inside were serving time because of something men close to them had done.
The book also talks about her two months at an open prison and the two months she spent on tag at home, as well as the economic costs of keeping people, particularly women, in prison and whether the justice system treats women fairly.
Huhne was also sentenced to eight months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice by asking his ex-wife to take speeding points for him.
He pleaded guilty on the first day of a planned joint trial in February. The charge related to a speeding fine issued in March 2003.
He left Pryce and her five children in 2010 for another woman, ending their 26-year marriage after his affair with media adviser, pictured below, was exposed.
When he was released from prison Huhne, a former energy secretary, walked straight into a top job with an energy firm.
He denied reports he was now £100,000 a year
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