introduction to Tulse Luper in Turin
description of The Tulse Luper Suitcases is to describe it as the autobiography
of a professional prisoner. It may be that we are prisoners of something - love,
money, sex, fame, religious belief, power, ambition, greed, debt, a job, a garden,
a dog, train-time-tables, a mortgage, perhaps just the grocery bill. Consequently
most prisons are not rooms with a barred window and a locked door. And a second
truism - every prisoner needs a jailer just as every jailer needs a prisoner to
legitimise his job description.