Breaking the Chain by Darren Richards

Breaking the Chain

by Darren Richards

Ken had a happy life. But then he found out a secret that changed everything. Now he is in prison for murder.

Josh is new in prison. He doesn’t think he should be there.

When the two men meet, Ken tells Josh his secret. Could it be the key to their freedom?

‘I really enjoyed reading Breaking the Chain... and it gives me the motivation I need to stop offending when I get out.’


Prisoner, HMP Wetherby

‘Breaking the Chain is a beautifully crafted story that will engage prisoners as well as challenge them to think about what is important in their own lives.’


Peter Jones, Global Head of Development, Alpha Prisons

ISBN: 9781908713087

Look Inside

Read the first two chapters:

What do you think?

The book includes ‘What do you think?’ questions that will help readers to better empathize with the characters of the story and questions that encourage personal reflection, such as:

  • Think of a time when you lost your temper. How might things have been different if you had stayed calm? What are some good ways of controlling your anger and keeping calm?

  • Can you think of a time when you have kept a secret from someone you care about? If you had told them your secret, how might things have been different?

  • What could you change in the future by learning from your past?

  • What could you do to help change your family or community for the better?

  • What could you do to make someone proud of you?

Themes in the book

Readers could be encouraged to discuss and reflect on the following themes:

  • dealing with anger and regret

  • learning from past mistakes

  • truth and lies in relationships

  • what it means to be free

  • issues around domestic slavery

  • helping family and friends in tough times

  • what it means to be a ‘good’ parent, or a ‘good’ son or daughter

  • the importance of family

  • choice and personal responsibility

About the author

Darren Richards is a professional communicator and writer with experience of managing national prison projects and mentoring young people.