This is part 2 of Stuart Christie’s memoir of his life as an anarchist. The central theme relates to his failed attempt to rid Spain of its dictator in 1963 and his consequent incarceration in a Spanish prison. It’s a wonderful book on different levels. As a piece of social history it’s fascinating as we’re introduced to some of the players in the underground anarchist and political scenes of the time and more so when he gets to prison and we meet all sorts of political prisoners including representatives of the Nazi group Odessa and the French OAS – both subjects of blockbusting Frederick Forsythe novels. I particularly liked his observations on the character of his fellow prisoners and his realisation that a positive or negative political identity doesn’t always manifest itself that same way in respect of the personalities of the inmates. In all honesty it should be a movie: an 18 yr old Scots boy hitchhikes from Paris to Madrid with a kilt full of plastic explosive. It’s well written, incredibly detailed and for an essentially prison memoir has a surprisingly humorous side to it. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it highly to anyone interested in the genre. Wonderful.