For Peter Scott, being a burglar was not a job but a vocation. Over the years his victims have included Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sophia Loren, Deborrah Kerr, and Ginger Rogers. Here he recounts a frank and funny account of his life and crimes.
'The anticipation of larceny was like an imminent orgasm, a joist so adjacent to sex with a tart that it was hard to say which he preferred’: so writes the legendary rogue and Mayfair cat burglar Peter Scott, whose spate of rooftop jewel thefts over 30 years was to earn him the newspaper nickname 'the Human Fly'.'
In his candid and racy memoirs, told in his own words in the third person, the Ulster-born, public-school educated charmer describes how his 'obscene passion for larceny' led him to a life of pillage, a career of wine, women and gambling – and twelve years in jail.
Targeting film stars and the super-rich, as well as posh London furriers, jewellers and galleries, and usually equipped with nothing more than his own agility and a ladder, this real-life Raffles robbed a host of the high and mighty, famously ending up on one occasion with Sophia Loren's knickers and on another in the arms of a duchess.
The £30 million Scott stole was quickly spent. Today he lives, a repentant sinner, under his real name of Peter Craig Gulston in a council flat in north London, charging a tenner a time as a 'tennis bum'.
‘At the height of his career, Peter Scott was probably the country's most successful professional cat burglar… He has taken to writing with a passion as intense as the one he used to feel for burglary. He is a natural author… fascinating stuff.’
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‘His autobiography omits nothing… the quality of a top-class novel… humour, satire, social observation and psychological insight’
In Peter Scott`s candid and racy memoirs, told in his own words in the third person, the Ulster-born, public-school educated charmer describes how his ‘obscene passion for larceny’ led him to a life of pillage, a career of wine, women and gambling – and twelve years in jail.