James Morton - Author

About the Author

James Morton was runner-up on Great British Bake Off 2012. He learnt to bake with his granny, growing up in the Shetland Isles. James is studying medicine at the University of Glasgow. This is his first book.

Featured books by James Morton

How Baking Works ...And What to Do If it Doesn't

How Baking Works ...And What to Do If it Doesn't

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Does your Victoria sponge always sink in the centre? Does your choux pastry end up flat and dry? Are your brownies more soggy than squidgy? In How Baking Works James Morton takes on cakes, biscuits, macarons, pastry, muffins, tortes and more, explaining with step-by-step instructions and photographs how to achieve the perfect bake every time. He gently takes you through the essential processes, techniques and timings - and how you can adapt and customise recipes to suit your own ideas. With troubleshooting tips and over 70 original recipes including pear and vanilla upside down cake, best ever millionaire's shortbread and even blueberry pizza cake, How Baking Works explains the how and why of every single recipe.

Brilliant Bread

Brilliant Bread

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

James Morton was surely the people's favourite to win 2012's Great British Bake Off series - with his Fairisle tank tops, spectacles and eccentric cake designs, this softly spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers' hearts if not the trophy. James's real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of proper bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast - you can save money by making your own bread. You don't even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques. Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James's no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.

Other books by James Morton

Shetland Cooking on the Edge of the World

Shetland Cooking on the Edge of the World

Author: James Morton, Tom Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Shetland is where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea hits the Atlantic Ocean. Isolated, unspoilt and rich in history and tradition, Shetland is a truly singular place. James Morton grew up there. Co-written with his father, broadcaster and journalist Tom Morton, Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World explores life on an island with food, drink and community at its heart. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, Shetland seafood is second to none, and butter and cheese are made locally. The native lamb roams freely around the island, and the Shetland black potato cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Here cooks, farmers, crofters and fishermen toil following traditions that go back hundreds of years. The recipes take in the very best that the isles have to offer, from celebratory feasts (the tradition of foy ) through the food of the sea - mackerel, mussels, salmon - to treasures from the land (lamb, venison, beef) and earth. There's cooking born from necessity and thrift - smoking and preserving (home-smoked halibut, pickles) - and it simply wouldn't be Scottish without baking (bannocks, oatcakes, afternoon cakes and biscuits) and, of course, a wee dram. With spectacular photography throughout, and features on crofting, pit feasting and the annual Fire Festival, Up Helly Aa (which culminates in the burning of a Viking galley ship), Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World celebrates a very different kind of island paradise.

The Poverty of Nations Aid Dilemma at the Heart of Africa

The Poverty of Nations Aid Dilemma at the Heart of Africa

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2018

After 30 years of ever increasing aid, most African countries are no better off than they were at independence - indeed, many are slipping back and earlier economic and political achievements are being undermined. This book attempts to answer the questions: Why? What went wrong The author argues that the widespread theory of putting the last first is fine in theory but that in practice the last is unaffected He looks at aid as an essentially top-down exercise and discusses the failure of ambitious projects because of over-ambitious targets and inadequate controls. He also tackles the thorny question of whether aid to Africa shouldd be stopped so that the continent's economic evolution should be allowed to proceed at its own pace, without outside attempts to short-circuit the process. He looks at various approaches: aggressive intervention, greater financial accountability as a condition of aid, long stays in the field by donor staff, and finally and most radically the ultimate in bottom-up approaches: direct cash transfer. All these issues are informed by the author's long experience as a development official in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Gangland The Great Escapes

Gangland The Great Escapes

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2018

Brew The Foolproof Guide to Making World-Class Beer at Home

Brew The Foolproof Guide to Making World-Class Beer at Home

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

Making good beer at home is easy, and oh so cheap. Brew takes the novice beer-enthusiast by the hand and talks you through every last step of the process. The craft beer revolution is upon us. All over the world we're enjoying bottles of American craft, old Belgian, real British ale and exquisite German lager, and you can make it all for yourself. You don't need to go out and buy loads of kit. With a plastic bucket or two, you can make beer as good as any beer in the entire world and customise it to your own tastes. With beautiful step-by-step photographs and comprehensive sections on how and what you need to get started, bottling and storing, a glossary of key ingredient types, troubleshooting tips and proven beer recipes that result in complex flavours, every taste and skill level is catered for. Brew isn't like other brewing books. It is for those who have never brewed and want to understand more, for those who have a basic grasp and a few beers under their belt, and it is for those with experience who want inspiration to continue to grow.

Gangland Australia Colonial Criminals to the Carlton Crew

Gangland Australia Colonial Criminals to the Carlton Crew

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2018

Gangland Australia details the exploits of an unforgettable cast of villains, crooks and mobsters who have made up the criminal and gangland scene in Australia. One of Britain's top true crime authors, James Morton, is joined by barrister-turned-legal-broadcaster Susanna Lobez in this fast-paced examination of Australian organised crime. Tracing the developments in and the shifting dynamics of Australia's criminal underworld from the early 1800s until the Melbourne gangland killings of recent years, this is compulsive reading.

The Hidden Lives of London Streets A Walking Guide to Soho, Holborn and Beyond

The Hidden Lives of London Streets A Walking Guide to Soho, Holborn and Beyond

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

London's streets have always worn a variety of influences, reflecting the diverse crowds who live and work on them. Take a walk down any number of historic streets and an abundance of tales exist in the bricks and mortar, waiting to be told. The Hidden Lives of London's Streets takes the reader on a journey through Soho, Piccadilly, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington, Fitzrovia and Clerkenwell. A street map is provided for each area, marking out the streets and buildings in which the various activities - some forgotten, others well-remembered - took place. Stories include those of courtesans such as the notorious Lola Montez and Theresa de Cornelys, who gave lavish balls at their home in Soho Square which were little more than orgies, during which a man playing the violin while on roller skates crashed through her plate glass window; Casanova and his quarrel with Marianne Charpillon after he taught a parrot to say she was a 'whore'; clubs - great (the Gargoyle), the artistic (Muriel Belcher's Colony), and the small (Royston Smith's club for dwarves); the police; robberies; murder and executions; the nightclubs; cinemas and theatres; the villains and prostitution. Beyond mere gangs and criminality, the book will trace the social changes that have gradually unfolded on any given street. For example the metamorphosis of Old Compton Street as home to race gangs in the 1920s, to becoming an essentially Italian street, to being part of the gay community.

Bent Uncensored

Bent Uncensored

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2016

The sensational murder convictions this winter of former NSW detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara for the killing of drug dealer Jamie Gao has meant that previously suppressed material in Bent can at last be read. James Morton and Susanna Lobez have illustrated, in several Gangland books, that Australia almost certainly has out-ganged other countries. Now their spotlight is turned on corruption within the police services and identifying which state wins the bent cop handicap.Morton and Lobez examine the problems that started with the First Fleet and spread through to the present day, looking at the trouble caused by greed, power, drink, sex, money and, most recently, drugs. They compare the experience in Australia with corruption in America, England and Hong Kong, concentrating in particular on organised corruption at the highest levels, including judges, lawyers and politicians, through to the petty criminals who work our streets. Which state has the shadiest cops? The answer will surprise you.

Gangland Robbers

Gangland Robbers

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/08/2016

Robbers have always seen themselves as the cream of the underworld; at the top of the criminal aristocracy, in and out of prison. Robbers follows the stories of the men and women who go to great lengths to organise a heist which, if all goes well, should keep them in luxury for many years, if not for life. And if the heist fails, then often it is another sort of life.Morton and Lobez cover the stories of the robbers and robberies of the past 200 years; from the tunnel-digging heist of the Bank of Australia robbery in 1828 through to the bushrangers; Squizzy Taylor and his crew; the train robbers of the 1930s; Jockey Smith; 'Mad Dog' Cox; the ill-fated Victorian Bookie Robbery, as well as the less well known 'Angel of Death', 'The Pushbike Bandit' and 'The Gentleman Bandit'. Robbers explores the livesa their own and othersa that they ruined; the robbers who went to the gallows, and the very few who redeemed themselves.

Brew The Foolproof Guide to Making Your Own Beer at Home

Brew The Foolproof Guide to Making Your Own Beer at Home

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2016

Making good beer at home is easy, and oh so cheap. Brew takes the novice beer-enthusiast by the hand and talks you through every last step of the process.The craft beer revolution is upon us. All over the world we're enjoying bottles of American craft, old Belgian, real British ale and exquisite German lager, and you can make it all for yourself. You don't need to go out and buy loads of kit. With a plastic bucket or two, you can make beer as good as any beer in the entire world and customise it to your own tastes.With beautiful step-by-step photographs and comprehensive sections on how and what you need to get started, bottling and storing, a glossary of key ingredient types, troubleshooting tips and proven beer recipes that result in complex flavours, every taste and skill level is catered for. Brew isn't like other brewing books. It is for those who have never brewed and want to understand more, for those who have a basic grasp and a few beers under their belt, and it is for those with experience who want inspiration to continue to grow.

Justice Denied Extraordinary miscarriages of justice

Justice Denied Extraordinary miscarriages of justice

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2015

An incisive examination by the bestselling author of The Mammoth Book of Gangs of some of the many miscarriages of justice of this and the previous century, which have seen innocent men and women found guilty, and sometimes executed. This shocking 'manual of injustice' exposes wrongful convictions and acquittals as a result of the chicanery of some forensic scientists, over-zealous or negligent police officers under pressure to get results, incompetent lawyers, lying witnesses, bribed juries, judicial blunders and feeble politicians. Sometimes, however, it is truculent and uncooperative defendants who prove their own worst enemies. It shows the mistakes that can be made in the face of a baying public and a rabid press, mistakes which have seen innocent men and women found guilty, and sometimes executed, while others have served lengthy sentences. It reveals critical flaws in criminal justice systems throughout the world (it is estimated, for example, that two per cent of felony cases in America result in wrongful convictions). Morton explores folk devils and moral panics, both historical such as the 'witches' of Salem and and much more recent cases like that of the West Memphis Three. It considers cases of race hatred, the impact of DNA, fit-ups, fake 'experts', doubtful science and the long road to the court of appeal. He also looks at what happens to the victims of miscarriages of justice, whether they go on to prosper or, as is sadly so often the case, never really recover. How did the boxer Rubin 'The Hurricane' Carter come to be wrongly convicted of a triple homicide? The alibi of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World activist wrongly executed for the murder of a Utah grocer and his son, came too late to save him from execution. On the other hand, Lindy Chamberlain (famously portrayed by Meryl Streep in A Cry in the Dark), has finally, over thirty years after the fact, had her claim that her baby Azaria was taken by a dingo at Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback upheld by a coroner. Among many other cases, Morton also considers the 1910 case of two men convicted of the murder of a man still alive in 1926, and case of the West Memphis Three, who were convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the murders of three boys in Arkansas and released in 2011 in a plea bargain after eighteen years, though the prosecution still refuses to accept their innocence.

How Baking Works ...And What to Do If it Doesn't

How Baking Works ...And What to Do If it Doesn't

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Does your Victoria sponge always sink in the centre? Does your choux pastry end up flat and dry? Are your brownies more soggy than squidgy? In How Baking Works James Morton takes on cakes, biscuits, macarons, pastry, muffins, tortes and more, explaining with step-by-step instructions and photographs how to achieve the perfect bake every time. He gently takes you through the essential processes, techniques and timings - and how you can adapt and customise recipes to suit your own ideas. With troubleshooting tips and over 70 original recipes including pear and vanilla upside down cake, best ever millionaire's shortbread and even blueberry pizza cake, How Baking Works explains the how and why of every single recipe.

Bent

Bent

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Legal proceedings against a former police officer have forced parts of this book to be redacted. Bent law officers exist in every era, sabotaging the work of their colleagues and putting the community at risk.James Morton and Susanna Lobez have illustrated, in several Gangland books, that Australia almost certainly has out-ganged other countries. Now their spotlight is turned on corruption within the police services and identifying which state wins the bent cop handicap. Morton and Lobez examine the problems that started with the First Fleet and spread through to the present day, looking at the trouble caused by greed, power, drink, sex, money and, most recently, drugs. They compare the experience in Australia with corruption in America, England and Hong Kong, concentrating in particular on organised corruption at the highest levels, including judges, lawyers and politicians, through to the petty criminals who work our streets.Which state has the shadiest cops? The answer will surprise you.

Brilliant Bread

Brilliant Bread

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

James Morton was surely the people's favourite to win 2012's Great British Bake Off series - with his Fairisle tank tops, spectacles and eccentric cake designs, this softly spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers' hearts if not the trophy. James's real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of proper bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast - you can save money by making your own bread. You don't even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques. Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James's no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.

Gangland: The Lawyers

Gangland: The Lawyers

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2013

While many lawyers are honest, for Gangland figures, the best lawyer is often corrupt - a `shyster' - who will act as a go between with the police, provide false alibis, bribe and intimidate witnesses, jurors and judges and occasionally organise robberies and burglaries. Sometimes these lawyers even kill or may be killed themselves. Gangland: The Lawyers brings us such lawyers as Frank Ragan, who acted for three mob leaders, and James Sawyer, the barrister and forger involved in the first Great train Robbery. From the amazing story of Gambino crime boss John Gotti (the `Teflon Don') and his attorney Bruce Cutler, to the American judge Joseph Peel, who had his co-judge killed, James Morton presents a worldwide history of these shady individuals and their seedy but compelling stories.

Gangland Queensland

Gangland Queensland

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2012

From the authors of the best selling books Gangland Australia, Gangland Melbourne and Gangland Sydney, comes the next thrilling instalment in the series. Gangland Queensland heads north of the border to tell exploits of a colourful pantheon of mobsters, shysters, club owners, drug dealers, Black Hand gangs, crooked police and bikers over the last century. Beginning with the drug and sex trades of the early 1900s, and including the infamous fire at the Whiskey Au Go Go club, the explosive revelations of The Fitzgerald Inquiry and organised crime syndicates like Japans Yakuza, authors James Morton and Susanna Lobez examine the scale of Queenslands crime scene in forensic and fascinating detail. Gangland Queensland is compulsive reading.

Gangland Melbourne

Gangland Melbourne

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2011

Throughout the past century, Melbourne has spawned its fair share of notorious criminals some more infamous than others. In this compelling and comprehensive book, Britain s top true crime writer James Morton and former barrister and legal broadcaster Susanna Lobez take you on a tour of Melbourne s criminal past, visiting Australia s favourite larrikin Squizzy Taylor, career criminals Chopper Read and the Pettingill family, as well as chronicling the long-running Painters and Dockers Union and recent Melbourne gang wars. Along the way, tales of Melbourne's talented standover men, contract killers, robbers, conmen, brothel keepers, biker gangs, drug dealers and corrupt cops offer an extraordinary insight into this colourful and mysterious world.

Gangster Speak A Dictionary of Criminal and Sexual Slang

Gangster Speak A Dictionary of Criminal and Sexual Slang

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2011

An Aladdin's cave of criminal slang as spoken in the UK, America and Australia. If you're scratching or set tripping, if you're viper mad or coming heavy, if the ming are on the wing and you've no idea what any of this means, then you need Gangster Speak. From the shocking to the ridiculous, Gangster Speak contains over 2,500 linguistic gems: Ghosting - the practice of transferring a troublesome prisoner to another establishment during the night without warning Hobbit - a prisoner who complies with or sucks up to the system Put on armour - layer oneself with magazines to deflect knife wounds in a prison fight Hooch - 'illicit liquor' A Bernie - a victim who might be armed and prepared to use a weapon, after Bernard Goetz who killed a robber on the subway Providing a useful guide to the nicknames of criminals, as well as fascinating word histories and multiple definitions for different uses of a word around the globe, with Gangster Speak you'll never be lost for words.

Gangland Sydney

Gangland Sydney

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2010

Gangland Sydney details the exploits of an unforgettable cast of villains, crooks and mobsters who have defined the criminal and gangland scene in Sydney from the mid-1800s to the present day.In this compelling book, Britain's top true crime author James Morton and barrister and legal broadcaster Susanna Lobez track the rise and fall of Sydney's standover men, contract killers, robbers, brothel keepers, biker gangs and drug dealers, and also examine the role of police, politicians and lawyers who have helped and hindered the growth of these criminal empires.Vivid and explosive, Gangland Sydney is compulsive reading.

Spies of the First World War Under Cover for King and Kaiser

Spies of the First World War Under Cover for King and Kaiser

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2010

Best-selling author James Morton tells the story of organized espionage in Britain from spy fever early in the 20th century to the end of the First World War and the rise of air intelligence. He introduces us to a world of colorful characters and dark underhand dealing in which spies, male and female, driven by love, money, patriotism or a mix of all of them, struggled to survive. The first English officer spies are featured alongside their frequently flamboyant French, Belgium and German counterparts - from the hunchback dentist Wilhelm Klauer to the 'Grande (and lesser) horizontales' such as Mata Hari. So too are their controllers such as authors John Buchan and Somerset Maugham and men like Richard Tinsley who oversaw a network of some 2000 spies from Holland. As professionalism grew great successes emerged - not least the deciphering of the intercepted Zimmerman telegram - along with notable failures. Morton tackles both in a meticulously researched narrative that balances the history of espionage with the human stories of individuals and tales of heroism with cowardice, incompetence and betrayal.

The Poetical Remains of the Late Dr. John Leyden, with Memoirs of His Life

The Poetical Remains of the Late Dr. John Leyden, with Memoirs of His Life

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2009

Dangerous To Know

Dangerous To Know

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2009

From the bestselling authors of Gangland Australia comes Dangerous to Know , an A to Z of Australasian crimes, criminals and their victims. James Morton and Susanna Lobez have trawled through written records to compile this snappy yet comprehensive account of the bad, mad and plain notorious. All the names are here, from Ronald Ryan (the last man hanged in Australia) to the Carlton Crew. An unmissable book, in one handy volume, for anyone who wants to know all there is to know about Australia's dark underbelly.

Gangland Soho

Gangland Soho

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2008

Behind the fashionable bars and clubs of Soho lies a fascinating history of criminal activity, featuring some of London's most notorious gangsters. From the razor gangs of the 1920s to the post-war gangleaders Billy Hill and Jack Spot; from the pre-war French pimps and the Messina brothers to the Albanian gangs, through to the thriving Soho of today, the area has been a Mecca for thieves, conmen, drug dealers, notorious pimps and crooked lawyers. James Morton vividly portrays the crimes and criminals that have given Soho its infamous reputation, including the vicious Kray-Richardson gang, a Second World War Jack the Ripper, the shooting in the streets of Soho of gangster Jack Spot and the gangland murder of boxer Freddie Mills. Behind the fashionable bars and clubs of Soho lies a fascinating history of criminal activity, featuring some of London's most notorious gangsters.From the razor gangs of the 1920s to the post-war gangleaders Billy Hill and Jack Spot; from the pre-war French pimps and the Messina brothers to the Albanian gangs, through to the thriving Soho of today, the area has been a Mecca for thieves, conmen, drug dealers, notorious pimps and crooked lawyers. James Morton vividly portrays the crimes and criminals that have given Soho its infamous reputation, including: * The vicious Kray-Richardson gang* A Second World War Jack the Ripper* The shooting in the streets of Soho of gangster Jack Spot* The gangland murder of boxer Freddie Mills.

Gangland Australia

Gangland Australia

Author: James Morton, Susanna Lobez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Gangland Australia is a book about organized crime and the professional criminals who have recklessly cut a swathe through Australia over the last 200 years. It is a book with accounts of murder, robbery, standover, prostitution, drugs, great escapes, revenge, betrayal, corruption, police, lawyers, doctors and politicians.This is a forensic investigation of criminal gangs in Australia, from convicts and bushrangers right up to the recent gangland slayings in Melbourne.It is written in a very accessible style, with a narrative flow which reads as part history, part-thriller. The authors have done extensive research and cover a myriad of Australian crime histories including tracing back the beginnings of drug trafficking, ethnic crime waves, police corruption to name a few.Written by one of Britain's most popular true crime authors, James Morton, and leading Australian legal journalist, Susanna Lobez, this is the latest in Morton's highly successful series, which includes Gangland , Gangland: The Early Years , Gangland International: The Mafia and Other Mobs , and Gangland: The Lawyers .

Gangland: The Contract Killers

Gangland: The Contract Killers

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2006

The realm of the contract killer is a murky and murderous underworld where the price for the removal of a top villain is GBP100,000. A world where the killers range from Mafia to millionaires, from FBI informants to ordinary housewives; where the methods range from garrotting to shooting, induced overdoses to burning. Mostly the bodies are never found. Sometimes they're made an example of: tied to juke boxes or left on street corners as 'examples'. In the latest addition to his Gangland series, James Morton lifts the lid on the hidden world of the contract killer. Who are these people? Where can they be found? How do the best of them commit untraceable crimes? Is the female more deadly than the male? And how true is it that the FBI, the police and others organisations devoted to solving crime have aided, abetted and even instigated contracts to kill?

Fighters The Lives and Sad Deaths of Freddie Mills and Randolph Turpin

Fighters The Lives and Sad Deaths of Freddie Mills and Randolph Turpin

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2005

In July 1965 Freddie Mills, popular former light heavyweight champion of the world, was found shot in an alleyway off London's Charing Cross Road. Was he murdered and if so by whom? Did he kill himself and if so why should this happily married man whose popularity was immense take his own life? A year later Britain's second world champion of the era, the middleweight Randolph Turpin who defeated the fabulous Sugar Ray Robinson, was found shot dead in a room above his cafe in Leamington Spa. How did this man who earned thousands during his career come to end his life in a backstreet cafe? Or was he also murdered to prevent him getting the money due to him from his career? Morton looks at the role of their managers and promoters and the relationship with the Boxing Board of Control. Should many of Mills' fights and some of Turpin's have been sanctioned? Is this in part what led to their deaths? Where did their money go? Gambling, women, protection? Is there any possible truth in the persistent rumours that Mills was the so-called Jack the Stripper, killer of prostitutes in Hammersmith?

The Mammoth Book of Gangs

The Mammoth Book of Gangs

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/12/2004

A fresh, new look at gangs in every part of the world which deliberately avoids the stories that have been done to death - about Capone, Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde - and focuses on less well-known gangs such as 'Ma' Barker's Boys; the Smaldones of Denver; Scotland Yard's 1960s' Flying Squad, the so-called Firm within a Firm; Dr Death, the Melbourne drug dealer and Andre Stander, the former South African police officer who led a gang of bank robbers before being shot dead in Fort Lauderdale having fled a 17-year sentence.

Gang Slang

Gang Slang

Author: James Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2002

Are you a nob, on a one-way ride? Perhaps you're a mechanic, or a standover man? Do you have brown kotchel or do you go mumping? If you don't know what this means then this complete guide to criminal slang as spoken in the UK, USA, and Australia should help.

East End Gangland

East End Gangland

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2001

The East End has always held a malign fascination for the general public. In this book James Morton looks at this phenomenon from the days of the unsolved murders committed by Jack the Ripper to the 1960s when the Kray Twins held the reins of the Underworld, to the present and how the structure of crimes and criminal gangs has changed. EAST END GANGLAND looks not only at the Twins but also at the influx of immigrant gangs of the 1900s, the powerful Chinese drug dealers of the 1920s, the racecourse gangs, the men who ran crime on the docks, and organised prostitution throughout the century to the major drug dealers of today.

Investing with the Grand Masters

Investing with the Grand Masters

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/1998

There is no such thing as a gilt-edged investment but how do some fund managers consistently out-perform all the rest? They go by the name of the Grand Masters, but even they are wary of the game at the back-end of a bear market. So the only guarantee you'll get is that some of the best advice from most of the best investment minds is gathered here in this book. It's easy to understand but will you follow?

The Poverty of Nations Aid Dilemma at the Heart of Africa

The Poverty of Nations Aid Dilemma at the Heart of Africa

Author: James Morton Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/1996

After 30 years of ever increasing aid, most African countries are no better off than they were at independence - indeed, many are slipping back and earlier economic and political achievements are being undermined. This book attempts to answer the questions: Why? What went wrong The author argues that the widespread theory of putting the last first is fine in theory but that in practice the last is unaffected He looks at aid as an essentially top-down exercise and discusses the failure of ambitious projects because of over-ambitious targets and inadequate controls. He also tackles the thorny question of whether aid to Africa shouldd be stopped so that the continent's economic evolution should be allowed to proceed at its own pace, without outside attempts to short-circuit the process. He looks at various approaches: aggressive intervention, greater financial accountability as a condition of aid, long stays in the field by donor staff, and finally and most radically the ultimate in bottom-up approaches: direct cash transfer. All these issues are informed by the author's long experience as a development official in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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