The Second Prison
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I would have liked to have liked this better, Bennett being a countryman and a handsome one to boot, but this was his debut novel and reads like it too. It doesn't quite work as a thriller and it doesn't quite work as a clever 'literary' novel either. However, I enjoyed his later book 'Havoc in its third year' and am prepared to accept that he hadn't quite hit his stride when he put this one together.
Ronan Bennett is a novelist and screenwriter who was born and brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. His third novel, The Catastrophist, was nominated for the Whibread award in 1998. Havoc, in Its Third Year (2004) was listed for the Booker prize. Havoc has been adapted into a motion picture to be released later in 2012. His latest novel is Zugzwang. His television drama Top Boy w...moreMore about Ronan Bennett...