Mad Outta Me Head follows the life of Christopher Kavanagh and his love of drugs and alcohol — getting “mad outta his head.” From Ireland’s industrial schools and penitentiaries to the heroin epidemic in Ireland, Christopher paints a vivid picture of Dublin’s underworld in the 1970s and 80s.
Christopher’s drug addiction brought him to Bogota, Colombia, where he served three years in Colombia’s largest prison, La Modelo. There he befriended guerrilla insurgents, drug cartel assassins, and many more from the rank-and-file of Colombia’s underworld — mafiosos, killers, thieves, conmen, and more.
In 1989, Christopher was released onto the streets of Bogota at a time when TIME Magazine called it the world’s worst city, the capital of the world’s most dangerous country.
“Absolutely outrageous! It’s a wonder the guy is still alive.” — Colombia Calling Radio
“A portrait of a man whose drug- and alcohol-fueled existence strips the romanticism any traveler may have of the criminal underworld.” — The Bogotá Post
Watch Christopher tell some of the stories from the book:
- Interrogated by El Mexicano
- Cocuy with M-19 and Pig Piss
- Christopher answers Expat Chronicles readers’ questions
Add Christopher on Facebook (he may not accept you for a few
days weeks): facebook.com/christopher.kavanagh.79.
See Christopher’s Reddit AMA, which was on the first page of Reddit for a whole day: redd.it/2cicp4.
Read the following sample chapters: