How an innocent man, who spent 30 years on death row, found nothing could destroy his capacity for hope, joy and love.
Born in Alabama in 1957, Anthony Ray Hinton was 28 years old when he was wrongly convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers. Held on death row for nearly 30 years he was finally released on 3 April 2015 after his appeal was taken right up to the US Supreme Court, which ruled that his case should be retried. Since his release he's become a popular and powerful speaker, planning to devote the rest of his life to help counter discrimination, bolster justice and share his message of hope and forgiveness. He has visited London twice, to speak on behalf of Lifelines, the charity that offers support and friendship to prisoners on death row, and to have a private tour of Buckingham Palace (explained in The Sun Does Shine).
"[Hinton] is a remarkable storyteller. You will be swept away in
this unbelievable, dramatic true story" * Oprah Winfrey *
"Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposing a racist system in South Africa. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row because a racist system still exists in America. Both emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive. They are stunning examples of how the most horrendous cruelty can lead to the most transcendent compassion." -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Anthony Ray Hinton's memoir of his wrongful imprisonment...is a riveting account of the multiple outrages of the criminal justice system of Alabama. But that isn't what makes this a genuine spiritual experience: that comes from the nearly biblical capacity of the author to endure, to forgive, and finally to triumph...his book is a harrowing masterpiece." * Guardian *
"A wonderful memoir...A story of forgiveness and struggle - and a story of friendship and imagination" * Book of the Day, Observer *
"This incredibly moving chronicle...is one staggering revelation after another, but also a lovely portrait of kindness, warmth and how faith is its own reward...On death row he somehow navigates through his rage and despair to a state of forgiveness and grace." * Independent *
"Hinton is an example to us all of the power of the human spirit to rise above complete injustice. His book will inspire people to never accept the unacceptable." -- Richard Branson
"Incredibly inspiring" * The Bookseller *
"Troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting...gripping..." * Booklist *
"Hinton spent almost 30 years on death row. In this quite extraordinary book...he never sugar-coats either his experiences or his reactions to them..." * Readers Digest *