Disorganised CrimeBook - 2013
From the moment his mother went into labour with him - on an airplane - Alan Croghan's life was chaotic. As a young boy in Coolock, north Dublin, he drank, smoked and bought Valium - from his father. He rarely attended school. What he loved best was stealing cars and driving them around, and his bedroom in the family home became a parts depot for his fellow thieves and joyriders. By the age of sixteen he had accumulated thirty-five criminal convictions - and yet he'd never been locked up. Fearing that his friends suspected he was a tout, he contrived to get himself imprisoned.
Disorganised Crime is the story of this troubled young boy, and of the man he became - a criminal and alcoholic who eventually had the strength and courage to give up the drink and go straight. It is also the story of a gifted writer trapped in the body of a juvenile delinquent, and of an ordinary decent criminal's struggle to make himself an ordinary decent man. Sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious, and always gripping, Alan Croghan's memoir is both a true-crime classic and an uplifting story of personal redemption.