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Becoming Mr Nice: THE HOWARD MARKS ARCHIVE (Paperback)

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The million-selling Mr Nice was one of the most successful non-fiction books of the last two decades - the ultimate cult book. Now in Becoming Mr Nice, Howard Marks's daughter, the writer and lawyer Amber Marks, has collated and curated highlights from Howard's extensive and, until now, unseen personal archive. The book features jottings, drawings and photographs from Howard's Welsh childhood and Teddy boy years in post-war Britain; treasured mementos from the psychedelic scene at Oxford University and revolutionary 1960s London; a fascinating typescript account by Howard of his time on the run in the 1970s; hilarious transcripts and surveillance exhibits from Howard's trial at the Old Bailey in 1981, where he was famously acquitted of importing 15 tons of Colombian grass into the British Isles after calling evidence from an agent of the Mexican secret services; records of the international surveillance operation mounted against Howard at the height of the war on drugs; heart-breaking first-hand accounts of Howard and Judy's arrest in 1988; the hitherto undisclosed defence Howard had prepared to run before giving in to plead guilty and being sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in one of the toughest penitentiaries in the US; personal accounts of his time in prison; and the freedom of information requests that helped him to secure release. It also contains philosophical ramblings, dodgy smuggling references on the backs of envelopes, telephone transcripts of coded transactions, false identity documents, the business cards and letterheads of Howard's international business fronts, unpublished prison writings and private correspondence, and records of his rise to fame upon release in Loaded Britain. This beautifully illustrated and designed book will be essential reading for Mr Nice's legion of fans worldwide.

BiographyMemoirsBiographyTrue storiesTrue crime Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/10/2022 ISBN-13: 9780857303929  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Amber Marks is a writer, researcher and barrister. She lectures on Law and Pharmacology, Criminal Law and Evidence at Queen Mary, University of London where she has authored several academic publications. Amber is a leading expert on drug law and advises governments, courts and NGOs in this capacity. She has performed stand-up comedy in a variety of venues and festivals and her book Headspace (a satirical account of her research into bio-surveillance) was described as 'astute', 'informal and engaging', 'wonderful' and 'funny' in the national press. Amber has written articles for the Guardian, Times, Wired and The Register.

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