Mr Ordinary Goes To Jail

by Wil Patterson

On Sale: 18/06/2018



About the Book

'Wil's honesty really had me gripped and his description of his first night in jail is something I won't forget.' - Emily Webb, crime author and podcast host of 'Australian True Crime'.

Wil Patterson was your everyday working husband and father, trying to keep up with the latest car, house and toys for his family. Always one to make light of things, he nevertheless became increasingly desperate about how he was going to pay his bills. One day while at work at his insurance job, he came across a large cheque that was addressed to someone who shared his name. The temptation was too great and soon enough Wil found himself down at the bank. After swearing to himself, 'never again', it wasn't too long before a similar situation arose and Wil could not resist.

Well, no crime goes unpunished and Wil was eventually caught and charged and, to his horror, sentenced to 3 years' prison time. Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail is Wil's account of his time in a contemporary Victorian prison, the unusual characters he met, the often hilarious and terrifying situations he found himself in, and the ways in which he comes to terms with his past and forges a new future.

This is for anybody who has ever wondered, 'What is it really like inside?' or ever speculated how they might cope if they were in the same situation. It also details the reactions of Wil's family and friends and examines the steps Wil had to take to be accepted back into his family and society.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780648226741
  • ISBN 10: 0648226743
  • Imprint: Finch Publishing - AU
  • On Sale: 18/06/2018
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 27.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs


Wil Patterson was living in Melbourne's eastern suburbs when he was arrested for insurance theft. Wil now works in the funeral industry and says what he learned about people in prison helps him in his job every day in situations of high emotional stress and with people in crisis.

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