Big screen magic for journalist?

Scottish journalist Colin MacFarlane is in talks with TriStar Pictures for the picture rights to his book The Real Gorbals Story.

Published by Mainstream Publishing in September 2007, the book takes a look back at Glasgow’s notorious Gorbals area – one of the darkest and most dangerous places in the world.

Born in the Fifties, MacFarlane grew up in the same street as ‘razor king’Johnnie Stark, the fictional character in the 1935 novel No Mean City, and he saw the last days of Gorbals when major regeneration began in 1961.

Other Gorbals habitants have included television presenter Lorraine Kelly and writers Jimmy Boyle and Ralph Glasser.

As well as the gang fights and filth-ridden streets, MacFarlane’s book charts the world of hard-working people trying to survive against the odds.

MacFarlane has written for a number of national newspapers, including Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Scottish Sun and the Daily Record.

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