On the Inside

My Life Inside Australia's Most Notorious Prisons


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By John Killick
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 292
Book Size 240 x 165 x 15 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 26 Nov 2018
Subject Classification True stories / True crime
John Killick fed his gambling addiction by robbing banks in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, but this career criminal entered a new phase when he met Russian immigrant Lucy Dudko at a party in 1995. Infamously remembered for his part in an audacious and desperate escape from prion in a helicopter, today he stands as a man in balance with the community, surrounded by supportive family and friends around him. On the Inside is John’s story about being in some of Australia’s most infamous prisons … Silverwater, Bathurst, Goulbourn Supermax; the conditions inside and the people he met there … The Backpacker Murderer Ivan Milat, Graeme Thorne Kidnapper Steven Bradley; the last man hanged in Australia, Ronald Ryan, but also many unknown stories. This is John Killick at his best – raw, confronting and redemptive. In prison, John was able to participate in courses that helped him manage his addiction and put him on the right road for successful rehabilitation. This is his story of self-discovery, of his wasted life of years in prison, and how the prison system shaped him.

John Killick

John Killick is a man with a strong sense of perception and standing within the prisoner community having lived in it for over five decades. As a reformed ex-prisoner, his special story is that he’s observed the desperation of lifers, understanding the experiences of those whom have nothing to lose.