Ahmet Altan was among thousands of people detained in the wake of the failed coup against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016... In I Will Never See the World Again, written in prison, Altan recalls the cursory nature of his trial: the judges daydreamed and checked their mobile phones during the defence submissions; the outcome seemed pre-determined... I Will Never See the World Again touches only briefly on the complex political backdrop to his imprisonment. For the most part it is the novelist, not the journalist, who comes to the fore with a love of character and observation. It is, Altan acknowledges, part of a coping strategy to keep his mind occupied and ward off despondency. Indeed, much of this book is about emotional and psychological self-preservation. But it is not without telling detail.