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Until recently, it was an offence against prison discipline to report sick with sunburn. Nevertheless, skins were turning deep vermilion as the hottest afternoon of the year wore on to the sound of Stocken prisoners playing cricket behind the barbed white fence. Darren, recently released from his drug free penance and still alabastrine white, sheltered under the welcoming shade of an English oak. The game ended. A solitary tap spewed out welcoming ice cold water onto the raw backs of those men rash enough to have removed their shirts during play.

“I nearly fainted with the heat,” Darren said as…

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