The Second Prison
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The Second Prison

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Kane is part of a group of young Irish republican activists, whose belief in their cause at times competes with an urge to inform the police. After he is let out of jail for his alleged part in the murder of another informer, Kane goes to England to seek out and avenge himself on the final surviving member of his cell. Here he is drawn ever more deeply into the web of Tempest, the psychotic Special Branch policeman who destroyed Kane's cell in Belfast. Kane's encounter with him closes the circle of this taut, compelling novel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0747268193
  • 9780747268192
  • 511,604

Review quote

'A bleak but fascinating portrait' Times Metro 'Prisons material are all too often transformed into prisons metaphorical, but the theme is rarely as well done as it is here... Bennett's republished debut mixes thriller with prison diary; the portrayal of Kane is subtle, sorrowful and nicely low key' Guardian 'The way in which humane values emerge not from the idealised women who are supposed to represent them but from Kane's fellow-prisoners is genuinely distinguished. And the structure, counterpointing prison's sterile rhythmwith the energy of life outside, emphasises the starkness of the choice before him' Andro Linklater, The Spectatorshow more

About Ronan Bennett

Ronan Bennett was born and brought up in Belfast. His other novels are HAVOC, IN ITS THIRD YEAR (longlisted for the Booker prize), THE CATASTROPHIST (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award) and OVERTHROWN BY STRANGERS. He has written screenplays for film and tv, and also works as a journalist (Guardian/ Observer/ London Review of Books).show more

Review Text

'The way in which humane values emerge not from the idealised women who are supposed to represent them but from Kane's fellow-prisoners is genuinely distinguished. And the structure, counterpointing prison's sterile rhythmwith the energy of life outside, emphasises the starkness of the choice before him' Andro Linklater, The Spectatorshow more

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33 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 27% (9)
4 33% (11)
3 30% (10)
2 9% (3)
1 0% (0)
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