OK, there has been a lot of steam about the issue of prisoners not being allowed to be sent books (or most other gifts) from the outside. And no, it is not the case -- and most of us never claimed it was -- that books are to be banned in prisons. The precise details of the new regime (since last November) are clearly explained by the Howard League here.
But as the interview with the prisons minister, Jeremy Wright, on the Today programme this morning made clear, there is still loads to be anxious about. The first thing was that he was unwilling actually to discuss the issue with author Mark Haddon, but apparently insisted on being interviewed separately. Never a good sign when a minister wont discuss.