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Peterhead Porridge: Tales From the Funny Side of Scotland's Most Notorious Prison [Kindle Edition]

James Crosbie
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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James Crosbie was Britain’s most wanted man in 1974. With a successful business and an enviable lifestyle, he seemed to have everything going for him – until he got bored with his life and turned to armed robbery. He ended up in Peterhead Prison, doing time with some of the hardest, and funniest, men in crime. Peterhead Porridge is a remarkable account of the people he met. People like The Saughton Harrier who escaped from prison by dressing up as a runner, complete with running vest and number, and joining in as a race went by. And another escapee, Tweety Pie, was so-called because, when he flew the coop, he had a nasty case of jaundice. Then there’s Square Go, the prison warder who was always up for a fight. And discover the practical jokes that were the trademark of Glasgow’s Godfather Arthur Thompson and what really happened when someone poured their porridge over his head in the breakfast queue. Funny, sad and at times barely believable, Peterhead Porridge is a unique insight into the other side of prison life.

About the Author

James Crosbie was born in Glasgow in 1937, the middle son of three boys. At 15 he went to work in the Clydeside shipyards; at 17 he joined the RAF. Ever the adventurer, he spent several years in Ghana and Nigeria before becoming a private pilot. He started a successful furniture-importing business in Glasgow but, despite its success, James's volatile nature led him into a life of crime that culminated in the three biggest bank robberies in Scotland and him becoming the most wanted man in the UK. He earned big money but he also earned big time - 20 years of it - before finally realising that crime doesn't pay.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (19 Jan. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845025806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845025809
  • ASIN: B00AQXC7Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peterhead Porridge 4 April 2010
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An interesting insight into Peterhead prison from a former prisoner's point of view. A humourous account of the 'characters' both long term prisoners and prison staff. Written in short chapters - a very easy read. Though it must be said, some of the brief descriptions of the horrendous crimes committed are disturbing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably deserves a 3½ Star 1 Mar. 2014
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Starts off well, and it’s not a really bad book, but it just gets a little repetitive. The author would probably argue with that assumption, disputing that they’re all different stories, but (fairly obviously) the setting’s the same, and so are some of the people. I was getting bored near the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT !! 6 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed this book , found it really interesting , it was just my kind of thing , I would recommend this to anyone
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2.0 out of 5 stars bland 5 Jun. 2014
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bland is the only word i can describe this book, dont know how the author thought it was funny .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 13 Feb. 2014
By nellie
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The only word for this,I nearly fell out the bed laughing at ,
some of the things these prisoners done.
If I had worked there I would have been fired, the first day for laughing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all 22 Jan. 2014
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A decent effort with some funny accounts of the goings on inside one of scotlands horrible prisons. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie jock Gordon 15 Jan. 2014
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Very good read opens your eyes to what goes on in our penal system done his crime and done his time stay out of trouble keep writing well done from a fellow glaswegian
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By Neil
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Easy prose style with Glasgow/west of Scotland style humour. Interesting insight into prison life through prisoners nicknames. Unusual method of moving narrative forward but very effective. Holds readers interest throughout.
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