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Becoming Mr Nice: The Howard Marks Archive

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Becoming Mr Nice: The Howard Marks Archive presented by his daughter Amber Marks.

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Welcome to the personal archives of Britain's biggest dope smuggler.

For 40 years Howard Marks traversed the globe: an international businessman who became an inmate in America's toughest penitentiary before standing for election in the United Kingdom.

Becoming Mr Nice reveals an extraordinary montage of previously unseen material from his roller-coaster life, interwoven with his daughter's incisively researched and deadpan commentary. It includes surveillance footage, intelligence reports, phone transcripts, the business cards and letterheads used as trading fronts, driving licences and passport applications in multiple identities, and cryptic faxes from the Far East. But more than that, it offers a vista onto his many and varied experiences and escapades, through notebooks, personal items and correspondence with the bizarre, wonderful, comic or downright suspicious characters who surrounded him.

It includes extracts from a lavishly detailed and hitherto unpublished account of Howard's years on the run (written in confidence for the benefit of his otherwise baffled defence team) together with transcripts from his trial at the Old Bailey, in which he successfully claimed that his involvement in the biggest ever importation of cannabis into the United Kingdom was on behalf of the secret services.

Peppered with comic observations from Howard's private letters, this book provides a uniquely personal insight into one of Britain's most remarkable characters. Becoming Mr Nice is the essential companion volume to Marks' million-copy-selling autobiography Mr Nice and a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to Howard Marks for a new generation.

Amber Marks is a writer, researcher and barrister. She lectures on Law and Pharmacology, Criminal Law and Evidence at Queen Mary, University of London where she has authored several academic publications. Amber is a leading expert on drug law and advises governments, courts and NGOs in this capacity. She has performed stand-up comedy in a variety of venues and festivals and her book Headspace (a satirical account of her research into bio-surveillance) was described as 'astute', 'informal and engaging', 'wonderful' and 'funny' in the national press. Amber has written articles for the Guardian, Times, Wired and The Register.

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