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Barlinnie Story
Barlinnie Story

Barlinnie Story


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (CA $20.95) (US $15.95)

Publication Date: October 2010

ISBN 9781845022679

Rights: US & CA

Black & White Publishing (Oct 2010)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


Learn about the riots, death, retribution, and redemption in Scotland's infamous prison. Barlinnie is one of the most notorious prisons in the world, and for 100 years it has held Glasgow's toughest and most violent men, swept up from the city streets. Ten men died on its gallows in the infamous Hanging Shed, including serial killer Peter Manuel. It has sparked rooftop protests and cell block riots, and been home to godfathers of crime like Arthur Thompson Senior and Walter Norval. Barlinnie was also the scene of one of the most controversial experiments in penal history, the Special Unit, where the likes of Jimmy Boyle and Hugh Collins were at the center of a fierce battle between those who see prison as retribution and those who regard it as a step on the road to redemption, even for the most evil killers. Paul Ferris, T C Campbell, and gangleaders galore have languished behind its grim walls and, 100 years on, Barlinnie still makes headlines.

Author Biography

Robert Jeffrey is a long-serving Glasgow journalist and the former managing editor of the Herald group of newspapers. His many bestsellers include Glasgow's Hard Men, Blood on the Streets, Glasgow's Godfather, and Crimes Past.