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Biography, Crime, True Crime
Publication Date
25 November 2013
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Ltd

The Glasgow Curse

My Life in the Criminal Underworld
by William Lobban - Find out more about the author

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'In his engaging “no-holds-barred” autobiography, The Glasgow Curse, Mr Lobban tells the story of his life within the Scottish crime milieu with wit, skill and unflinching honesty' – All Things Crime (blog)

This is the story of one of Glasgow’s most notorious criminals. In his own words, William Lobban tells how he was born in Exeter Prison to a violent, schizophrenic mother. His upbringing in the East End of Glasgow was just as bleak, and he ended up in care, destined for a life of violence and insecurity.

Aged only 15 he masterminded a daring break-in to a Glasgow pub, and many years of armed robberies, dealing class A drugs and gang fights followed. When he wasn’t causing mayhem on the streets, Lobban was serving terms in various young offenders’ institutions and prisons, where he was involved in some of the most serious prison riots of recent years.

In the course of his criminal career Lobban became closely associated with the infamous Paul Ferris, who was later to incriminate him as the murderer of fellow gangster Arthur Thompson Jr. Police also believed that Lobban was the man behind the brutal double killing of Bobby Glover and Joe ‘Bananas’ Hanlon, but none of these charges was made to stick. In this searing exposé of the Glasgow underworld he reveals the true facts behind those crimes which he really committed, and those of which he is falsely accused.

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William Lobban, after a harrowing upbringing in Glasgow, embarked on a life of crime which is detailed in this book. Released from prison 14 years ago, he has turned his back on crime ever since. He now lives in the Highlands of Scotland.