The Autobiography of a Thief
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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 | 448 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 38mm | 358.34g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753539179
  • 9780753539170
  • 283,929

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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" * The Times * "Far superior in style and narrative to the standard self-serving criminal memoir" * Guardian * "Exceptional... elegantly written" "Amazes and immorally amuses with his high-living, anti-establishment career" * Daily Mail *show more

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"Amazes and immorally amuses with his high-living, anti-establishment career"show more

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'Amazes and immorally amuses with his high-livi anti-estalishment career' DAILY MAIL 'Far superior in style and narrative to the standard self-serving sriminal memoir' DUNCAN CAMPBELL, GUARDIAN Exceptional...elegantly written' JAKE ARNOTT His story stands apart...skilful enough to capture both the immediate excitement of crime and the dull price it so often extracts' LAURIE TAYLOR, THE TIMES The Great Train Robbery has entered British folklore as one of the most audacious and extraordinary crimes of the twentieth century. The haul - £2,631,684 - is, in today's money, a staggering £26 million. Bruce Reynolds, the leader of the gang, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Reynolds reveals his story - from inner city London to the Cote d'Azur, Rio de Janeiro and the Costa del Sol - and details his successful career in crime as he worked his way up from small-scale smash-and-grabs to the biggest haul of all. In one of the most critically acclaimed crime autobiographies ever, Bruce Reynolds explores the planning, execution and consequences of the Great Train Robbery and the fates of the rest of the gang, as well as his role in the dramatic return of Ronnie Biggs to the Uk. Forty years after the Great Train Robbery, this is the last word on the subject.show more

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