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Senor Nice: Straight Life from Wales to South America [Hardcover]

Howard Marks
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Book Description

5 Oct 2006

Howard Marks was released from Terre Haute Penitentiary, Indiana in April 1995 after serving seven years of a twenty-five year sentence for marijuana smuggling. It was time for a change of career. So he wrote two best-selling books, became a sports writer and travel writer, stood as a parliamentary candidate in Norwich North, Norwich South, Southampton Test and Neath, applied to become the country's Drug Czar, and embarked on a long-running sell-out series of one man shows.

While performing in his home town of Kenfig Hill, he fell among old friends who made extraordinary claims for Welsh culture (Was Elvis really Welsh? Was there really a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans?) At the same time his elderly aunt told him of his outlaw ancestry: William Owen, the legendary Welsh smuggler (who had operated for some time in South America) and his great-great-grandfather Patrick McCarty, the half brother of Billy the Kid, who had joined Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in Patagonia. He decided to explore South America.

His travels took him to Jamaica and Panama in the footsteps of the Welsh buccaneer Henry Morgan; he went to Brazil looking for groups of Welsh settlers so obscure he never found them (although he did succeed in finding his musical idol Jimmy Page); and he searched among the thriving Welsh community in Patagonia for signs of Billy the Kid's half brother. Richly comic and charged with the sense of adventure that would induce an Oxford graduate to become the world's most notorious marijuana smuggler, Señor Nice is the hugely entertaining sequel to Mr Nice.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker; Signed edition edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436210150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436210150
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A folk legend ... Howard Marks has huge charisma. He sounds like Richard Burton and looks like a Rolling Stone" (Daily Mail)

"Frequently hilarious, occasionally sad, and often surreal" (Loaded)

"Marks weaves a fascinating story spiced with brilliant detail, far stronger than fiction" (FHM Magazine)

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The long awaited sequel to Mr Nice.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Nice checks out his roots 11 Feb 2009
By Mr Andy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If your looking for another Mr Nice tale of daring drug smuggling this is NOT it. It is however another extaordinary tale, with Howard researching his Welsh ancestry, he travels to the West Indies and South America on the trail of Captain Henry Morgan, and Welsh settlers in Patagonia. He even applies to be the U.K's drug czar! Another entertaining read from Mr Nice
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can never live up to Mr Nice 14 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
I was given this book as a present as soon as i had read Mr Nice and had high expectations. However now i have read this book i cant help but feel dissappointed. In a way this was inevitable - after such a chaotic life as an illegal drug dealer, life post prison is quieter. This creates problems as he just doesn't have the material to write an interesting book and although i like the way he writes, he stuggles to bring this stuff to life. Ive read it on the train as a way to fill time, but would not recommend this for avid Mr Nice readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Marks 26 Nov 2008
By L. Hennessy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Howard Marks made his name in the literary world with "Mr. Nice", an very entertaining account of his adventures (and misadventures) as he pursued a career smuggling dope; it's an excellent read, although there's bound to be a few who missed out on his natural writing style because of the drug-centric nature of the book. No matter - it's their loss. Quite rightly it became a huge hit, and he now supplements his income reading extracts from the book and recounting amusing tales that have happened to him along the way.

He's still very much pro-dope; he stood as a candidate for the Legalise Marijuana Party a few years ago, and although he claims to have been motivated by the chance to raise the profile of that political issue, I suspect that at least part of the reason was simply to cause a bit of mischief.

He's an educated man (went to Oxford University, and so on), and has an ability to make you feel that he's talking to you and you only when you read his writing.

His latest publication is "Senor Nice", and it documents his journey of discovery as he decides to travel to Brazil and Argentina via the Caribbean to discover the history behind Henry Morgan, the famous pirate and his claimed-to-be relative, and to see if he can find much evidence of Welsh settlements in South America, where more of his relatives are rumoured to have made their homes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marks for prime minister 17 Jun 2013
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Not as good as the first book but still hilarious and keeps you glued to the pages to find out what happens next in this mans incredible life
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 7 Jan 2013
By jamie
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bloody great read. really enjoyed this, like other books in its class only better. nice to see a new perspective
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read though not as funny as Mr Nice 17 April 2012
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It was nice to know what Howard's been up to since Mr Nice, though it's no where near as good as Mr Nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NICE!!! 25 Feb 2012
By mlrp
Format:Paperback
This book is a great read and gives a deeper insight into the life and 'work' of Mr Howard! It was a gift for a friend who had been to see a Howard Marks show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so right and yet so wrong
personally i preferred this to Mr Nice. it's funny and touches on many different yet fascinating subjects, such as namely Elvis, Captain Morgan, South America, Jamaica, Jail, King... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by CalicoJ
5.0 out of 5 stars howard marks senior nice
i bought this collectors copy of senior nice for my partner for xmas. well what can i say he was thrilled with it. it came has described in perfect condition. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by yvonne2466angel
2.0 out of 5 stars Howard Marks Senior Marks
Go back to drug smuggling howard it would be more interesting. You cant keep living off your name. Boring most of the time.
Published on 14 Feb 2009 by jd46
2.0 out of 5 stars rambler
Unless you are again running from the law then any sequel is going to be a let down
This one rambled on about stuff the author even thought wasn't worth a "stuff" at the and... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by masspecguy
4.0 out of 5 stars A different but good kettle of fish
If you are going to read this book you must go into it realising that it is not a follow on to Mr Nice as such. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by D. Miu
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GANGS ALL HERE
This is a cracker of a book that takes us all over the world with the former worlds most wanted man. Read more
Published on 17 July 2007 by paul the boss
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Mr. Nice
This book is no way as good as Mr. Nice; it is more a story of Howard trying to find the roots of his family. He goes to different countries researching his family tree. Read more
Published on 9 May 2007 by P
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