As recounted in his autobiography, 34 Years in Hell, Isle of Man-born Jamie Morgan Kane was taken to Canada as a child, then sold to an American couple whose adopted child had disappeared. So far, so shocking, with worse to come, for Jamie was sentenced to 30+ years in prison after being persuaded to plead guilty. In the introduction to Behind the Granite Walls, he explains how he came “home to find a corpse in the living room of my young family’s home”, and so his 34 years of hell began. Telling all about his experiences in US prison, Behind the Granite Walls was written in response to the countless people who all had the same question – what was it really like in prison? With clarity and honesty, that’s exactly what this memoir does. We read of the day-to-day experiences of what Jamie and his fellow inmates did to survive, the violence, the toll on mental health, the relationships formed and lost, and the lessons learned. We also learn the secrets of prison tattoos - what they symbolise, the allegiances they represent. Fascinating stuff. Often shocking, this answers the question the author intended to with raw candour.