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Description - Alive and Kicking by David Bryce

From running with the infamous Calton Tongs to running Calton Athletic, David Bryce s life story is a remarkable account of crime, violence, alcoholism and drug addiction in Glasgow s gangland. respected hard man , Bryce worked his way through most of HM s prisons in Scotland before an epiphany in 1977 made him realise that he was a hopeless alcoholic who needed help. A five-year battle followed, during which he sank into the abyss of heroin addiction before finally getting clean. n 1985, in an effort to help others who were struggling against substance abuse, Bryce set up Calton Athletic, a football team and social group made up solely of recovering drug addicts. Reformed gangster Jimmy Boyle was one of the first to have faith in Bryce and Calton Athletic, but the club eventually won widespread respect. Gordon Brown, then a young MP, was so impressed that he wrote an article for The Observer which led to a TV film starring Lenny Henry and Robbie Coltrane. In the 90s, Ewan McGregor, Irvine Welsh and the Trainspotting crew sought Bryce s advice and friendship during the making of the internationally acclaimed cult film, while Robbie Williams begged to switch nationality and p

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840189896
ISBN-10: 1840189894
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 154mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Bryce

David Bryce was born in the East End of Glasgow in 1949 and continued to live there until his death in February 2011. imon Pia is a renowned and respected journalist who has written for most of the major Scottish and London papers over the last two decades on current affairs, sport and the arts. He currently presents Talk Radio's Drive Time show.