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Prisoner to the Streets

Narrated by: Robyn Travis
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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"I don't believe in the term gang. Yes I've had a violent past and made reckless choices I'm not proud of but it's too easy (and lazy) to throw around this gang label. We were just a group of multi-cultural kids who lived on common ground and shared a similar struggle.

I'm not trying to say I'm just some victim of circumstances, the truth is I became a victim of my excuses. There was a strong come-unity but we also came from broken families and had crime, drugs and violence all around us. This social deprivation causes misguided pride, confused loyalty and thinking we had an extended family on the estate.

We didn't really act like no family though. Disputes were settled with manpower, knives and guns. Familiar faces from childhood became bitter enemies in war with only a road separating us from the frontline. We were in prisons the size of our boroughs and each estate felt like a different prison wing. The joke is we thought we owned the streets. We thought we were free.

I've lost some good people to the streets. And I don't just mean death and prison. i mean the street mentality took away a part of us. Took away who we were destined to become. Our futures.

This is the story of my journey. It's a reflection of how I fell out of one system and rushed into another. The story of how I became a prisoner to the streets and somehow escaped."

©2013 Robyn Travis (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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"This changed my perspective on gangs." (Russell Brand)
"Everyone should read this book." ( Wretch 32)

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love the book... kept my Attention

listened from start to finish in one day. Big up brother Robyn! stay focused and out of trouble...

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  • 05-13-17

If only this book was on the school curriculum

A truely moving story about how one person overcomes his struggel to leave streetlife behind

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr L
  • 10-07-19

Outstanding, informative & gripping!

A gripping account of the traps, the why's and hows of street life mentality. Importantly the author does not glorifying this lifestyle or ask for empty sympathy.. The author instead is honest in his detail, the hurt, the pain, the ignorance and hopeful learnings in the above lifestyle..
A must read for adolescents, young adults & the authorities who are meant to proactively tackle the build up of violent / deprived cultures within our towns and cities - well before they get out of control. Read this book if you really want lasting improvements ..

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  • Mel
  • 09-30-19

Important

Genuine, raw, insightful and inspirational. Whether you’re from this world or not, it’s an important read for everybody.
I hope Robyn Travis gets the recognition he deserves, both for this book and also his achievements working with young people and making a real difference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-19

Richly honest and authentic

Loved your book my brother. Definitely insightful and a worthy read. Recommended for those not in the know.

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  • Stephen Freeman
  • 03-04-19

Sad story, good message.

Touching, but very sad. God is good and this was a good message. Hope the youths stop this postcode street cred war. And unite with love instead of hate and anger. Amen god bless the culture.

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  • 07-25-18

Amazing

Truly a wonderful read. Highly recommend, from beginning to the end I was totally hooked.

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  • Dimitri Mousicos
  • 07-19-18

Deep, meaningful and a truly inspirational story

An amazing truthful story told by the author which made it even more authentic.

If more people read/listed to this, it has the power to change so many lives 🙌🏾

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  • D T T HOANG
  • 06-18-18

Raw and full of heart

An eye opening insight and interesting perspective on street violence and redemption. Brilliantly read by the author!

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  • Adam Boome
  • 03-11-18

A real understanding of street violence

This book gave me a much clearer understanding of the motivation behind knife crime and gun crime amongst young people. A great achievement.

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  • 10-16-17

The best book on afro Caribbean urban UK life

This book captures the true essence of inner city life london at its finest real people true words