About the Author
Born in the Isle of Man, Brendan O’Friel was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire and Liverpool University.
He joined the Prison Service in 1963 as an Assistant Governor and served at Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, Manchester Prison, Onley Borstal Recall Centre, Preston Prison and Birmingham Prisons. He was appointed to take charge of Featherstone Prison, near Wolverhampton in 1980 and became Governor of Strangeways (now called Manchester prison) in 1986. His final command was Risley Prison near Warrington from 1990- 1995. In addition, he served in a number of posts at Regional Office and Headquarters.
Between 1977 and 1984, he was Chairman of the Governors representative organisation and was elected Chairman of the Prison Governors Association in 1990, a post he held until 1995.
Since retirement, he has returned to live on the Isle of Man. He has been Chair of the North West Rail Passengers Committee and a founder member of TravelWatch Isle of Man.
This is his first book, although he twice revised “Ships of the Steam Packet Company” and is the author of many published articles about criminal justice and transport issues.