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A Long Day in a Short Life

By Albert Maltz

ISBN: 9780714550633

300 pages

RRP: £8.99

As time ticks along with indifference, the inmates of the Washington District Jail drag on their daily routine behind bars. Innocent at their birth, these frail creatures who have lost their way now spend their lives shut out of society, deprived of all freedom, with little prospect of being readmitted into the human fold.

Each prisoner has a story: some of them are charged with crimes of assault, murder and manslaughter, others of forgery, robbery and larceny – others still are not guilty of anything other than having been born to certain parents at a certain time in a certain country. A Long Day in a Short Life – Maltz’s first novel to be published in the UK – is a powerful indictment of the penal system and a strong reminder about the underlying humanity of each individual.


  • A beautifully told story, full of excitement, humour and authentic American talk. A masterly piece of work that will deepen your knowledge of America

    The Worker

Albert Maltz

Albert Maltz (1908–85) was an American playwright, fiction writer and screenwriter. He was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of entertainment-industry professionals who were blacklisted for their involvement with the Communist Party USA and cited for contempt by Congress. He is best remembered today for his novels A Tale of One January and A Long Day in a Short Life.