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White Gold: The Inside Story Of The UK's Largest Ever Drugs Haul Paperback – 18 Sep 2003
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A great story, chock full of detail and hilarious characters... Whiskey Galore with class As. -- FHM magazine, January 2004
A grimly fascinating tale of a life lived on the wrong side of the tracks -- Mail on Sunday, December 2003
A thrilling tale, seen from the eyes of both the hunters and the hunted... -- Ross-Shire Journal
The story unfurls with pace, veering between outright farce, drunken violence and the chilling proximity of the truly despicable. -- Scotland On Sunday, December 21, 2003
'Three fishermen from the Scottish Highlands received a total of 55 years in prison after being found guilty of smuggling into Britain cocaine worth more than 100 million - the biggest drugs seizure by customs officials in the country's history - THE TIMES.See all Product Description
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Growing up we all knew that our some of our mates fathers were in jail for drugs, but it was never talked about so its really interesting to actually hear what really went on that year.
following a recommendation from a friend, I thought
I'd give White Gold a go. I'm glad I did - I couldn't
put it down. It's one of those books that you find
yourself snatching every possible moment to read - on
the Tube, in your lunch hour - it's a real page
turner. The book is obviously based on months of
research - Costello cites court records, laws, social
work reports - but he has pulled them all together in
such a way as to make you feel you are almost reading
a thriller, with a polished, pacy plot and crackling
What's really clever about it is that you get the
story from varuious perspectives, including the
smugglers, the police and Customs, so it's never
By the last few chapters, it becomes completely
unputdownable as you are desperate to find out what
happens. It made me think about the stories behind the
headlines on drugs busts and in his thought-provoking
final chapter, Costello puts the whole question of our
drugs laws into context. Brilliant stuff - I'll be
reading it again on holiday and now know what to buy for friends and family for Christmas.
It is terribly written and strays rather far from reality. It reads like an article from the News of the World and would be better suited to such readers. Though the story is factual in some respects it ought to be taken with a pinch of salt...
As somebody from Ullapool it is plain that the author and Howarth have used a lot of artistic licence in the writting of this book.
Young boy having sex with 40 year old woman who found him irresistable, a woman who seemingly had picked him up when he was hitch-hiking?! There are many such fantasies of Howarth's in this book.
Note the other men involved refused to contribute to this book.
The descriptions of Ullapool make it sound like a swashbuckling port like those found in novels such as Treasure Island, with fearsome men prowling the streets at night, women and children living in fear!
As for the main characters in the book, you'll find the people rather more different in person!
Badly written drivel. A real shame as the REAL story would have made a fascinating read.
Certainly would not recommend this book.
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There's a great story behind this - but you'll not find it here. The author (apparently a journalist - though you'd never believe it on the sub-standard writing) has obviously... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Hillwalker
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