Published in 1958, and banned in Ireland—the classic memoir of an Irish terrorist, a teenage volunteer in the IRA.
Brendan Behan was arrested at the age of 17 and imprisoned for three years in England, primarily in Borstal (reform school). Released, he was a changed but unrepentant rebel. Borstal Boy is both a riveting self-portrait and a window into the problems, passions, and heartbreak of Ireland’s troubled history.
Without a doubt the most important book of its kind published this century.