1. Brendan Behan, ‘Borstal Boy’: solitary comforts

What shenanigans did Brendan Behan get up to in prison and borstal between 1939 and 1941? He enjoyed baiting the Brits, warm cocoa, snuggly blankets and … other things.

In episode one, I’ll tell you about the rude bits in a book whose banning in Ireland and Australia provoked derision.

Cover of my battered 1990 edition