For more than a decade, Kris Hollington has written best-selling books about police and criminal underworlds. But there’s one crime story he's never told: his own.
He arrived in London in September 1990 aged 18, fresh from a childhood spent in the sleepy and conservative retirement seaside town of Worthing. He’d never seen illegal drugs, let alone tried any, and thought that anyone who used any drug, even cannabis, was an addict likely to rob their granny for a fix.
Less than two years later, he was supplying all of Camden, along with other parts of north London and the Home Counties with all the hashish it could smoke.
He overdosed on just about every illegal drug known to man, including magic mushrooms, LSD, speed, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin and became addicted to every drug I could get my hands on - he was addicted to getting high – higher than the sun.
After fighting a losing battle with reality, his story culminates with a ‘one last chance’ drug deal, a deal that would have allowed him to walk away from this increasingly dangerous world. But he was betrayed by his closest ally and left for dead with a broken skull in a building site car park.
He ended up living rough on London’s streets before finding work as a cycle courier. Even while couriering, he slept on the stone floor of a disused church in Kentish town. Higher Than The Sun concludes with his recovery in the ‘real world’ of work and education.
Higher Than The Sun is a unique descent-into-the-underworld/coming-of-age addiction story featuring mega-squats, illegal music/drugs festivals, magic mushroom parties, Hell’s Angels, Hari Krishnas, Lou Reed, stabbings, overdoses, police raids, smuggling missions, break-ins, fake weddings and my attempted murder. It’s a strange, sometimes hilarious and ultimately tragic tale that readers are unlikely to forget.
Kris Hollington is a bestselling non-fiction author and ghost-writer of twenty books, several of which have been adapted for documentaries (including Channel 4’s Cutting Edge and ITV1’s Real Crime) and dramas.
The Interceptor: The Inside Story of the UK’s Elite Drug Squad, written with former Customs operative Cameron Addicott (Michael Joseph, July 2010) was adapted into an eight-part BBC1 prime-time drama series of the same name and broadcast in the summer of 2015.
Other books by Kris include Hurting Too Much: Shocking Stories From the Frontline of Child...
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