Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing by Andy Croft

Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing

by Matt Dickinson

ISBN: 9781908713025

Barry is looking forward to his first weekend on the out. Free at last!

He has nothing to lose but his £46 discharge grant, a bag of dirty washing, and all the promises he has made to himself in prison…

Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing is particularly useful for reading and discussing with those who are due to be released from prison or have recently been released. You can find out what happens to Barry next in the sequel, Bare Freedom.

‘This is the most realistic book I’ve ever read when it comes to leaving jail. The writer nails it.’


Prisoner, HMP Moorland

‘The book is quite real… The bit where Barry walked past the car and saw the handbag I thought to myself, “How easy to just nick it.” But I liked how Barry reflected on the consequences of doing that. And that’s something I can do in the future too.’


Prisoner, HMP Channings Wood

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:

  • What does Barry mean when he describes bail hostels as being worse than prisons?

  • What does the word ‘freedom’ mean to you?

  • What are you most looking forward to when you get out?

  • Why do you think Barry is homesick for prison?

  • What are your plans for finding a job when you get out?

Themes in the book

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

  • signing on and looking for work

  • managing money

  • coping with stress

  • peer pressure

  • standing up for yourself and your beliefs

  • truth and honesty in relationships

  • the importance of family

  • choice and personal responsibility

About the author

Andy Croft has written and edited over 80 books – poetry, fiction, biography and non-fiction. He has worked as a writer in residence in several prisons, including HMPs Holme House and South Yorkshire.