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This is an autobiography about a man's journey from a life of crime, imprisonment, suffering mental health issues to becoming a respectable author and journalist. It was inspired by the London riots that tore through parts of Britain. During the aftermath of the devastating events, many heated debates ensued in Government on how 'broken Britain' had produced a culture of gangs, knife and gun crime, and disaffected youth, all of which was supposedly the product of bad parenting, broken families, lack of family values, few strong models, alcohol, drugs and strained relations between the police and young people. 'Many of the issues raised rang a bell with me' David says. 'In fact I was able to relate to every one of them. I had spent many years suffering with mental health issues after the break-up of my parents, leading to alcohol dependency, youth custody, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. But although I was written off by many, I did eventually turn it on its head though writing and education. 'I hope my story of crime, carrying knives and alcohol abuse, will help deter some young people from falling into the same self- destructive trap as I did, which ruins so many lives. I do talk openly and frankly about my childhood, schooling and short army career, leading up to my first convictions at 20, for two attempted robberies, resulting in a 30 month youth custody sentence. I talk about how I then spent the rest of my early adult years drifting aimlessly, but also committing relatively petty, mostly impulsive and occasionally violent crimes, such as criminal damage and assaults. 'My aimless existence included several periods in psychiatric hospitals for clinical depression where he was once sectioned under the mental health act. Then in July 1995, I was sentenced to a five year prison sentence on a wounding charge. I had massive social and personality issues to address and was later diagnosed with having borderline personality disorder. 'I then realised I had a flare for writing, so using an old typewriter my family had brought to the prison for me, I started submitting articles to magazines from my cell which has led to a career in writing. While in prison, I also signed up for a social sciences foundation course through the Open University which was quite a leap, because he left school with no qualifications whatsoever, so when he passed, I was delighted. 'Seven years after going to prison, I was graduating from University with a bachelor's degree in criminology, followed two years later, with a master's degree in social research methods.' And since David has gone on to become a published writer in newspapers, magazines and books.
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David is a reformed criminal turned author who also has a fascination for the paranormal, history and fitness. He is a black belt in martial arts, a freeman of York, an experienced journalist and guest speaker.
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