The Autobiography of a Thief

The Autobiography of a Thief : The Man Behind The Great Train Robbery

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8 August 1963; a railway track in Buckinghamshire. The moon shines clearly over Bruce Reynolds and sixteen other men robbing a train of its sacks of money. The Great Train Robbery has entered British folklore as one of the most audacious and extraordinary crimes of the twentieth century. The haul GBP2,631,684 - is, in todays money, a staggering GBP26 million. Bruce Reynolds, the leader of the gang, was sentenced to 25 years in prison; even the Commissioner of the Met, Sir Robert Mark, thought that excessive. On its first publication in 1995 Bruce Reynolds autobiography was widely acclaimed and it is now regarded as a classic in the true crime genre. Now reissued with a new introduction and final chapter, the story is brought up to date to include the return of Ronnis Biggs to the UK, the deaths of Buster Edwards, Roy James and Taters Chatham and the continuing story of Reynolds life since his release from jail, as well as dozens of previously unseen photographs.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 108 x 172 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753510502
  • 9780753510506

About Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds was the leader of the gang behind the notorious Great Train Robbery in 1963. Sentenced to 25 years in jail in 1969, he was released early in 1978, leaving his life of crime behind.show more

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"'Exceptional... elegantly written' Jake Arnott"show more

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"His story stands apart ... skilful enough to capture both the immediate excitement of crime and the dull price it so often extracts"show more

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