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Alive and Kicking
Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking

A Story of Crime, Addiction and Redemption in Glasgow's Gangland

By David Bryce, By Simon Pia, Foreword by Irvine Welsh


240 Pages, 6 x 9.1

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2005

ISBN 9781840189896

Rights: US

Mainstream Publishing (Aug 2005)

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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. A respected "hard man," Bryce worked his way through most of HM's prisons in Scotland before an epiphany in 1977 made him realize 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. In 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. Alive and Kicking is an inspirational tale of survival and success against the odds.