Statistically, one in ten men on death row is innocent. Hinton was one of these men. Falsely imprisoned for thirty years, in a cell only feet from the electric chair, he vowed to beat the racist Alabama justice system and walk free. During his time on death row, he went from being blinded by hatred to befriending his fellow inmates and starting a book club for them to escape into their imaginations. A must-read story of compassion and hope in the dark.
- Recommended by: Sinead Holohan, Dubray Kilkenny
OPRAH WINFREY'S BOOK CLUB SUMMER 2018 SELECTION**THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**'Both [Nelson Mandela and Ray Hinton] emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive...The Sun Does Shine is amazing and heartwarming' Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate'This incredibly moving chronicle...is one staggering revelation after another...' IndependentAnthony Ray Hinton was poor and black when he was convicted of two murders he hadn't committed. For the next three decades he was traped in solitary confinement in a tiny cell on death row, having to watch as - one by one - his fellow prisoners were taken past him to the execution room. Eventually his case was taken up by the award-winning lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, who managed to have him exonerated, though it took 15 years for this to happen. Since his release, other high-profile supporters have included Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Amal Clooney. How did Hinton cope with the mental and emotional torture of his situation, and emerge full of compassion and forgiveness? The Sun Does Shine throws light not only on his remarkable personality but also on social deprivation and miscarriages of justice. Ultimately, though, it's a triumphant story of the resilience of the human spirit.
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