Win a Family Weekend Break with Lovereading and VisitWiltshire - click here for details...

make the most of Lovereading debuts of the month
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Mr Smiley My Last Pill and Testament by Howard Marks
  

Mr Smiley My Last Pill and Testament

Synopsis

Mr Smiley My Last Pill and Testament by Howard Marks

Howard Marks is the most famous drug smuggler of his age, and a hero to a generation. On his release from one of America's toughest prisons, Howard made a promise to himself to go straight. No more drugs, no more smuggling, no more fake passports. He would retire to a quiet life with his family in the Balearic Islands of Spain. It didn't quite work out that way.This was the mid-nineties, the height of the ecstasy and clubbing boom, and Ibiza was at the very centre of the vortex for the 'E generation'. Pills had taken the place of marijuana, Paul Oakenfold had replaced The Rolling Stones as the music of the masses, but some people are just born for life on the other side of the law.It wasn't long before Howard found himself trying pure ecstasy and rubbing shoulders with some of the king-pins of the pill trade. These included some of Britain's most notorious gangsters, who were laundering millions of pounds of gold stolen from the legendary Brink's-Mat bullion raid. As Britons descended on Ibiza ahead of one of the greatest summers of the nineties, Howard was preparing for his most outrageous operation yet.Incredibly funny, moving and scabrous, Howard Marks' Mr Smiley follows a journey to the heartland of the clubbing and British crime scene. It is also a fitting last word from one of Britain's best loved bad boys.

About the Author

Howard Marks was Britain's most famous drug smuggler and a bestselling author. He served seven years in an US penitentiary before going on to become the bestselling author of Mr Nice. A former Oxford physics graduate, he was released from prison in 1995. He had previously been connected with groups as diverse as the CIA, IRA, M16 and the Mafia. On release from prison he moved to Ibiza at the height of the clubbing scene. In 2014 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died 21 years to the day of his release from prison on 10th April 2016. One of his last acts was to set up the Mr Nice Foundation, to ensure the causes dear to him continue to receive his support. Mr Smiley: My Last Pill and Testament is published in paperback on 21st April 2016.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

21st April 2016

Author

Howard Marks

More books by Howard Marks
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Autobiography: general
True crime
Drugs trade / drug trafficking

ISBN

9781509809684

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools