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Johnny Mack turns his back on drugs and crime when he moves to the Isle of Wight with his family. However, while his beloved wife and three children begin a new life, Johnny returns to the mean streets of Peckham in search of one last score in order to provide the funds needed to support his family. After seeking trusted friends still in the criminal scene he finds himself double crossed and barely escapes with his life, resulting in his return to the Isle of Wight to join his beloved wife and children. His plan foiled, Johnny struggles with the guilt of returning to his family with no money for them to start their new life. His cockney accent generates prejudice from the community, and he is made to feel like an outsider. While working legitimately for a firm of boat builders he realises that one of his bosses is smuggling drugs. He decides to blackmail his boss for a large sum of money. The slow pace of the island leads him to a new addiction, replacing the former addiction to drugs which he successfully beat. His new way of thinking brings a strain to his marriage. Finally, Johnny understands that he needs to call upon all his inner strength and resourcefulness to escape the demons that continue to haunt him. But how long will the unstinting love and support of his wife last?
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Johnny Mack was born in Peckham, South-East London, an only child to loving but strict parents. In the first volume of his memoirs, Dunpeckham, he described his indoctrination into the criminal fraternity and his life of crime, violence, addiction and prison. In Landed on the Moon Johnny recounts his efforts to change his way of life after being swindled in an unsuccessful scam in London. As such, he moved to the Isle of Wight to start a new life. However, when he arrived there from the city mean streets, he felt like such an outsider, it was as if he had landed on the moon. He used all his resourcefulness to provide for himself and his loyal wife and family in ways that were not always legitimate. This, his second book, is told with the same earthiness and brutal honesty that characterised Dunpeckham but with an added poignancy. Johnny found that in order to gain the peace of mind that had always eluded him, he had to lose almost everything.
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Book Description Olympia Publishers. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 183 pages. 8.03x5.51x0.79 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1848971532