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.