The bird that never flew : the uncompromising autobiography of one of the most punished prisoners in the history of the British penal system
All his life, "Johnnyboy" Steele has been running. First it was from an abusive father, then it was from the rigours of approved school and borstal and, finally, it was from the harshness of prison life.
This title follows in the dangerous footsteps of a major figure in the Glasgow underworld.
It tells of how John and his older brother Jim became legends and why they became heroes in prison.
Preceded there by the reputation of his safeblower father, Steele's rebellious nature led him to defy a brutal system that prized the breaking of the human spirit above the breaking of old habits.
He rebelled, meeting violence with violence, leading riots and planning dramatic escapes.
The book details how the brothers staged a daring breakout from Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison and recounts what happened when their younger brother, Joseph, was falsely accused of the greatest mass murder in Scottish legal history.
If Johnny had wings, he would have flown to help his family, but he would have to wait for freedom to use his expertise to publicise young Joe's miscarriage of justice.