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Gang of One: One Man's Incredible Battle to Find his Missing Daughter

Gary Mulgrew

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Biography: general, Memoirs, True crime, Prose: non-fiction

You're from Glasgow. You're in a notorious Texas prison. You're on your own. The true story of the man who became a Gang of One.

Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2013 International Affairs Book of the Year.

GANG OF ONE is the remarkable true story of one man's journey from a Glasgow orphanage to a notorious gang-infested prison in Texas. Driven by his desire to return to his son in England and haunted by the increasingly frustrating search for his missing daughter, Gary Mulgrew attempts the impossible task of surviving the prison's gang culture.

Told with wit and humanity, GANG OF ONE shows a man constantly confronted by the moral and physical challenges of prison life, where everyone is encouraged to turn their back and 'see nuthin''.

Gary's choice - to walk away and let a man die, or intervene and lose the chance to get home - makes GANG OF ONE a book as unforgettable as it is enthralling.

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Praise for Gang of One: One Man's Incredible Battle to Find his Missing Daughter

  • 'A compelling new account of two blood-splattered years spent at the hands of America's penal system'. - Mail On Sunday

  • 'An entertaining read'. - Guardian

  • 'An eye-opening account of US jails...fascinating reading'. - Libby Purves, Midweek, BBC Radio 4

  • 'Utterly engaging'. - Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 5 Live

  • 'An absolutely fascinating story... an absolutely cracking read'. - Iain Dale, LBC Book Club

  • 'Confirms my worst fears about American jails...the real tragedy of this book was the human tragedy'. - Jeff Randall, Sky News

  • Mulgrew's combination of personal insight and dark, subversive humour makes his new, autobiographical account of jail, GANG OF ONE a really special read, a kind of prison version of, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. - Catherine Deveny, Herald Magazine

  • 'An absolute education...a fantastic book'. - Pat Kenny, RTE

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Gary Mulgrew

Gary Mulgrew was born in Glasgow in 1962 and lived there until he graduated from the University of Strathclyde. He joined NatWest Bank in 1983 and worked for them in Manchester, London, Tokyo and New York before joining the Royal Bank of Canada in 2000. His banking career ended in June 2002 when he was indicted by the US authorities for allegedly defrauding NatWest. After years of court battles and a high profile public campaign, he and two other members of the 'NatWest Three' were eventually extradited to America. Two years of detention in Houston, Texas were followed by two years in seven different prisons in the United States and England until his full release in early 2010. He now runs a number of successful businesses in the south of England, supported by his bankers, NatWest.

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