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Publisher's Summary

It was no surprise that Angela Williams went to jail. A traumatic, violent upbringing saw to that. But after serving a short sentence for theft as a teenager, she worked hard to break the cycle. 

Thirteen years later Angela was studying, teaching, providing a stable home for her son, and finally feeling like she'd got her life together. Then she got hit by a postie bike. Police realised that Angela still had 10 months to go on the prison sentence she'd thought was in her distant past. However, Angela was a different prisoner the second time around: no longer a scared, damaged 19-year-old, she knew how to speak up for herself and her fellow prisoners against a system of power, privilege and cruelty that controls the lives of Australia's most vulnerable women and offers little hope for redemption. 

With unwavering courage, intelligence and humour, Snakes and Ladders reveals an astonishing true story of falling through the cracks, and what it takes to climb back out again.

©2019 Angela Williams (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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You need to hear this

This story was profoundly moving. It is raw and deeply intense. But it is essential reading for everyone. You will not be disappointed.

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Fantastic narration, even better writing

Thanks for sharing your candid story Ange! Really enjoyed listening to your story and you chose a fantastic narrator for the book.

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Gritty and evocative

After being a true crime podcast fan for years now, this was my first ever audiobook and I loved it.

Angela's story is gritty and raw and her writing really sucks you in to make you feel the things that she felt in this time of her life which can be a pretty uncomfortable feeling at times.

Julie Bilington did a great job with bringing the book to life.

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A life beautifully written.

A beautifully written book full of genuine honesty and insight. Such a strong individual who has lived through abuse, neglect, and prejudice and has rebuilt herself to come striding out the other side with her head held high.

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Crikey - what a life!

I absolutely loved this book. Not only was it compelling, but I enjoyed how the author discusses power in different situations.

The author has lived more than one life. The idea of having to go to gaol after life had changed so significantly blows my mind.

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Enthralling

Loved it! Powerful, intellectual and thoughtful. Explores power and the cycle of trauma in and out of the prison system, as well as so many other elements of justice and addiction.

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Had me hooked from the intro!

A powerful story of one woman's slip up with the law that forced her into the legal system after she had already mended her ways. Well written, with vivid descriptions and true Aussie dialogue, read by a great narrator. highly recommend.

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Fantastically honest insight

Thank you to Angela for sharing your experience and insights - your honesty shines and hope your son is proud of you - he should be.

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