2013, 308 pages, 211 x 140mm
ISBN 978-0-9563539-4-8



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This book confronts and challenges many preconceived ideas held about prisoners and prisons.

The Queen vs Trenton Oldfield: A Prison Diary is a timely exposé of a personal experience of British ‘justice’ and incarceration. It brings together insightful ‘inside’ information, images, critical articles and related documents in a provocative consideration of the role of prisons, dissent and the culture of elitism shaping 21st century Britain.

Trenton Oldfield was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment at HM Wormwood Scrubs for a peaceful direct action protest to draw attention to the long standing and entirely unjust inequalities in British society that are being severely exacerbated by government cuts and the culture of elitism.


"A book for our time...prison life as a reflection of society. I highly recommend this book. It not only tells the story of contemporary prison life in England, it also raises questions on the place of prison in society."  

- Elizabeth Fonseca, environmental engineer


"A must read! This is such an important work and should be read by everyone. It demystifies all the rubbish propagated about the prison system and shows clearly how reactionary and obsolete the current regime is. This is all done in such a human, compassionate and readable way. 'The visual essay' is also incredibly powerful. This work is an important contribution, not only about the prison system and Trenton Oldfield's case, but also about the wider issues about protest and the state. I couldn't put it down. A brilliant and compelling read!"

 - Stefan Dickers, chief archivist and librarian, Bishopsgate Institute


"A thoughtful, illuminating and timely book. Raises important questions about the ethics and efficacy of the British criminal justice system. Alongside this narrative is a selection of essays by other writers, exploring what is perhaps the most alarming issue highlighted by Oldfield's protest and punishment: the ongoing criminalization of protest in British society."

 - Thom Carter, archivist, Bishopsgate Institute


"Very useful addition to the arena of prison books. The most important section of the book is definitely the 'Visual Essay', the photographs of all bits and pieces, the detritus and endless prison forms and notifications that every prisoner and ex-prisoner will recognise. These alone make the book a valuable resource that I would certainly offer to anyone facing a prison sentence for the first time." 

- Bra Black, Campaign Against Prison Slavery


"An Excellent Read. There is another aspect to the book which gives us a glimpse into the way the UK state deals with political dissidents. This is a topic that merits further scrutiny." 

- John Maclean, AOP


"This is a wonderful read. Mr Oldfield writes from the heart and the book is full of humour and compassion which despite the adversity, is never jaded. Not only did the book make me laugh but it also challenged my perspective on being English."

 - Tayieba Shah


"This book is more than just a prison diary. Although it follows Trenton Oldfield's sentence for disrupting the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, a protest against the issue of elitism in British society, this book reflects on wider issues of incarceration and the growing difficulties for those involved in legitimate public protest." 

- Ed Wall, The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Kingston University


"It brilliantly illustrates prison life with photos of everyday objects, scans of paperwork necessary to navigate the bureaucracy of the prison regime." 

- Steve Dowding, Games Monitor


"When the political becomes the personal. It is a fascinating read, rendered without glamour or sensationalism. Trenton is an insightful commentator and not just on the prison system." 

- Carolyn Smith, Games Monitor