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White Gold: The Inside Story Of The UK's Largest Ever Drugs Haul Paperback – 18 Sep 2003

3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st edition (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840187336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840187335
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,962,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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'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.

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By A Customer on 10 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Gotta say, as a native of Ullapool, the stories been a bit glamourised, but still a great read.
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.
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I don't normally go in for true crime books but,
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
dialogue.
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
black-and-white.
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.
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Read a review of this book describing as Whisky Galore with coke, or something like that - great description. It's basically about a bunch of hopeless fishermen getting caught up in this mad plan to b4ring all this coke in, and it's hilarious. I like the bits on the boat best where they end up going to South America to pick the stuff up, it's unbeleivable how they nearly got away with it. Maybe a bit too much journo detail but that's my only niggle. Very funny, well written and a great story.
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I gave this 4 stars as the book was so old the pages were very yellow whereas the description stated 'good' condition. The story is excellent, it describes living conditions and the fishing industry in Ullapool in the nineties really well. It does take a while to get used to the main characters being called by their surnames but gives a really good description of the way they felt about how the whole deal came off.
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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the extroadinary story of a huge drugs bust that at it's time was Britain's biggest and had the press in full cry for "maximum justice". The reader sees the story unfold from both sides as customs close in on the unsuspecting traffickers. White Gold is the compelling account of two competing men, but only one would win. Don't miss it.
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Costello has got hold of a great story, but what makes this book unique is his deft skill with words. His dry, sardonic wit comes through on every page. Aside from his writing style, this tale of Britain's biggest every drugs heist is a fantastic yarn; it's fast-paced and bowls along to a gripping climax. I'd recommend this book to anyone - hell, I gave it to three of my friends for Christmas.
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Im afraid i disagree with most of the other reviews of this book.

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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Read this book about 94 or 95 I am sure it went under another title then. Called Easy Money.It was a very good read from all aspects. The trip out to collect the drugs, and back again. Also stories about the time spent in prison. Think that I will consider buying the book and reading it again
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