One of the things that most excites me about Daniel Defoe, the main character in my new novel, is that he combined writing with spying.
But what does "spying" mean? Is it just that he worked undercover? I've done a bit of that myself: exciting verging on scary, and (I hope sometimes) worthwhile.
But this blog post wasn't meant to be about me, or even my novel. It's about my friend Alexander Reynolds, who (as it happens) went to the same school as me and (more inportantly) has spent much of the last 10 years going undercover in prisons around the world. He says he started out on this alarming mission for the sheer thrill of it, but became increasingly wrapped up in the importance of what he discovered - and now wants to share that with the world, to put an end to the follies of the systems he investigated.
And if learning about this latter-day Defoe is not enough for you, pledge to support my novel and you will soon be able to read my account of the 18th century original.
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