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The Midnight Express Letters: from a Turkish Prison 1970-1975
The Midnight Express Letters is a compelling collection of letters that Billy Hayes wrote to his family, girlfriend, and friends during his years in a Turkish prison. Here is the raw source material from which Midnight Express?the worldwide best-selling book and Academy Award-winning film--is drawn. Together with annotation, photos, and images of the handwritten pages, these letters tell Billy?s story of both the events and the inner journey, in his original words, with the urgency and intimacy of the moment. In 1970 Billy Hayes was an English major who left college in search of adventures to write about, like his hero Jack London. He had a rude awakening when he was arrested at the airport in Istanbul trying to board a plane while carrying four pounds of hashish, and given a life sentence. After five brutal years, relentless efforts by his family to gain his release, and endless escape plotting, Billy took matters into his own hands and pulled off a daring escape to freedom. Soon after, he wrote Midnight Express.