Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan soon to be presented for sale on the excellent BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Hutchinson, 1958, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: Borstal Boy is the major work of the most original and unexpected literary talent of the times. Ever since Behans play, The Quare Fellow, was let loose on audiences his reputation has grown: it will be confirmed by this book, whose gravity and macabre, inconsequent comedy combine to speak truth about the sad, bawdy world of prison.
Completely a part of the masterly perhaps classic story of prison and Borstal life are the characters and experiences which ever since have dominated the imagination of this overwhelming writer. The screws, the wide boys, the ponces, the toughs, Cockneys, Taffies and Geordies all live in A world based ultimately on brute, occasionally brutal force. Yet power and terror are by no means the only constituents of this world. Comedy and pathos, dignity and innocence all find their way into Behans writing and are reflected in his review of life inside. The total impression of the book is not horrifying, though its truth may strike to the soul.
As an autobiography, Borstal Boy adds a dimension to the experience of those who read it.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the head of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is a little faded. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 342 pages. 8½” x 5½”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I captivate you with this splendid selection from my Biography catalogue?