Prison Experience - Inside

European PGA Tour member and PGA Cup player John Hoskison found out about life's ups and downs when inexplicably he accepted a drink after a golf match and broke a life long discipline of not drinking and driving.  On his journey home he hit and killed a cyclist.  

Inside -  One Man's Experience of Prison is a book about his journey to hell and back.  It is about incredible forgiveness, devastating tragedy and the long journey through some of Britain's toughest prisons.  John was able to survive by relying on the life lessons he had learned through playing professional sport and competing with some of the world's best golfers.

This is a very emotional book that exposes weaknesses in the British prison system from drug problems to gang violence. But much more importantly it shows how forgiveness is the most incredible gesture and how it became the catalyst for John to stand up and face adversity. 

Since John has come out of prison he has spoken to over 100,000 children in schools on the danger of taking unnecessary risks.  He speaks at over 100 schools a year.

With tremendous support from friends and colleagues he has also started playing golf again and recenly finished 3rd in the British Senior PGA Professional Championships. 

A journey to hell and back.  Entertaining, and 100 times more scary than any drink/drive campaign.
FHM Magazine

This is a must read book.  Not just an insight into how prison really is but a real life story that illustrates just how quickly your life can turn upside down 'There but for the grace of God'
John Francome – Author and Champion Jockey

Ought to be compulsory reading for all Home Office ministers.
Allan Massie - Daily Telegraph

This brave and important book should be read by all those who have anything to do with the treatment and condition of those committed to our prisons.   The book should be made required reading for all those serving in the prison service and those who join in the future.
Lord Ramsbotham – Chief Inspector of Prisons 1995 - 2001

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John has also written a bestselling novel that recently reached number 2 in the Literary Fiction charts on Amazon.  The book is called Name and Number and is about a young man who takes a risk selling drugs at a party to impress friends and ends up with a two year prison sentence.  


Highly believable, made you feel like it could easily happen to you. Wrong choice and the dominoes collapse. Quite hard to put down, once started. *****5 Stars

Fantastic book. I couldn't put it down . Very entertaining and always something happening. A five star rating. Cannot wait to read more titles by this great author. ***** 5 Stars

This gives a peek at what can happen if sentenced to to serve time inside. It reflects what prison life would be or could be like. This book should be given to all those who think prison is going to be a holiday camp with the hope they would realise it isn't and deter them from crime. *****5 Stars

Excellent, a thoroughly good book, this is well worth a read, i couldnt put it dont until it was finished.  ***** 5 Stars

From Prizes to Prison

In the last ten years since John's book was published he has spoken to over 100,000 pupils about the danger of taking unnecessary risks. John delivers a powerful message to school pupils and helps them learn important lessons. Not only does his story highlight many of the qualities needed to succeed in any walk of life, including the importance of preparation, hard work and dedication, but it contains a salutary account of the tragic and devastating consequences of making the wrong decision. 

Since leaving prison John has spoken at over 200 of the top schools in the country (testimonials below).  During the last twelve months he has spoken at  Eton, Wellington, Marlborough, Magdalen College, Charterhouse, Royal Gulidford Grammar, Notting Hill and Ealing High, d'Overbroeks, Kingswood, Tettenhall, Leicester Grammar, Loughborough, Trent, Kent College, Lord Wandsworth, Colston's, South Hampstead High and many others.  

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My students, colleagues and I were moved beyond expectation by what John had to say.  His advice and inspiration on how to reach the top of any profession, the importance of hard work and determination and not giving up when things are not going your way were hugely valuable. John’s talk was meaningful, emotional and very powerful – I recommend him as one of the most valuable speakers that we have welcomed to our school.

Kate Dodd - Head of Sixth Form - Badminton School

John Hoskison delivers a powerful and moving message with passion and personal humility.   In the context of "life lessons" learned though the experience of professional sport he addresses key issues such as the necessity of good preparation, of "knowing the rules" and the importance of confidence and communication skills.  It was an extremely useful talk and we have already booked him for next year.

Kate Cayley – Head of Boarding - Marlborough College

John, thank you so much for your inspirational presentation to students and staff today.  As I hope you detected we were all entranced with your story and the manner and style of your delivery made your messages accessible and captivating.

I thank you on behalf of the students who have had a remarkable experience listening to something that was both memorable and deeply inspirational.  In taking time to tell us your story you have given us a unique opportunity to learn.  I am sure it will be life changing for some – if not many.

Ian MacKinnon - Headmaster  - Bristol Grammar

John’s visit to address our Year 12 students was a terrific success.  His background as a successful professional sportsman gives him the opportunity to motivate and prepare young people for the challenges that lie ahead, particularly with regards to dedication and hard work. The boys were both intrigued by the story of his life and inspired by his achievements.  

Stuart Miles - Deputy Headmaster - John Lyon School

John’s story told to over 400 sixth form pupils was delivered in an engaging, genuine and thought provoking style.  It is so relevant and appropriate for our youngsters to listen to. His talk will touch everyone and make them think long after he has left. You will not regret inviting him to address your sixth formers.

Dr A. R. John's- Head of Sixth Form - Bromsgrove School

John spoke superbly for 40 minutes to a rapt audience.  His story made a considerable impact: I have not stopped receiving comments from students in the days since. 
As one of his key messages is that preparation is always the key to success, it is no surprise that every detail of his performance is well honed. I would have no reservations at all in recommending John as a speaker and look forward to him returning to our school.

Tim Borton - Head of Sixth Form - Bishop's Stortford School

I would like to thank you for the inspiring and informative talk that you provided to our Sixth Form students. The talk clearly underlined some of the qualities required for success in achieving your life goals. It also provided a fascinating and wonderful example of how we can all turn our lives around if needed.

Tim Hoyle - Deputy Head Pastoral -  Warwick School 
'I just wanted to say a massive thank you for sharing your inspiring life experiences with us.  I am a competitive event rider and hearing you talk about your dedication to your sport and the hard work it has taken for you to succeed as a professional golfer has given me the confidence and incentive to keep working towards competing at the next level. 

Your strength, determination and modesty can only be described as incredibly inspiring so thank you so much for your time'.

Sixth Form Pupil at Badminton Girls School

'Mr Hoskison's lecture 'My Life' was enlightening and inspiring. Several of our sixth form students have already asked me if John could return to Colfe's again before the end of the academic year. This is praise indeed and highlights John's ability to engage a large group of young people and hold their attention.
Thank you so much for sharing your philosophy and story with us. I look forward to seeing you again next academic year.

 Craig Foxall – Colfe’s School - Head of Sixth Form Enlightenment

John came to talk to 60 of our Lower Sixth form students. He has a clear and informative style of speaking and certainly has a strong message to get across. He spoke about his career in golf and how many of the skills needed as a professional sportsman are also applicable to the world of an A level student: determination, taking yourself out of the comfort zone at times and working hard to achieve your goals and aspirations.

John made his own life experiences very relevant to the students and I know they had a profound effect on the students at my College.  It was a wonderful talk.

Kate Palmer - Enrichment Co-ordinator, d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford

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