Colin MacFarlane was brought up in the notorious Gorbals area of Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s. This led to him writing a best selling trilogy about his life, starting with The Real Gorbals Story. While working as a journalist in South Wales he became friends with Tom Jones' cousin and pals. He later wrote Tom Jones' first biog The Boy From Nowhere. MacFarlane is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. He is also a member of the Paolo Nutini fan club.