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Peaky Blinders - The Real Story of Birmingham's most notorious gangs (Paperback)
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Peaky Blinders - The Real Story of Birmingham's most notorious gangs (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 19/09/2019
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The Peaky Blinders as we know them, thanks to the hit TV series, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps, as they fight bloody gangland wars involving Irish terrorists and the authorities led by a devious Home Secretary, Winston Churchill. But who were the real Peaky Blinders? Did they really exist? Well-known social historian, broadcaster and author, Carl Chinn, has spent decades searching them out. Now he reveals the true story of the notorious Peaky Blinders, one of whom was his own great grandfather and, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in back-street Birmingham. In this gripping social history, Chinn shines a light on the rarely reported struggles of the working class in one of the great cities of the British Empire before the First World War. The story continues after 1918 as some Peaky Blinders transformed into the infamous Birmingham Gang. Led by the real Billy Kimber, they fought a bloody war with the London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over valuable protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming postwar racecourses of Britain. Drawing together a remarkably wide-range of original sources, including rarely seen images of real Peaky Blinders and interviews with relatives of the 1920s gangsters, Peaky Blinders: The Real Story adds a new dimension to the true history of Birmingham's underworld and fact behind its fiction.

Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781789461725
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 275 g
Dimensions: 195 x 135 x 22 mm

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“For all your true crime needs”

Brilliant book telling the real stories of the peaky blinders. With reference from factual newspapers and family this book really tells it how it really was and how people lived and survived in the 1920s post war.... More

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“Intense and Interesting!”

If you're a fan of the Peaky Blinders television series, you should definitely read this book. It tells the fascinating story of the real life people behind the actual events. You won't be disappointed!

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Gabriella at London Piccadilly

“Fantastic Read for Fans of Peaky Blinders”

If you’re a fan of Peaky Blinders like I am, then you should absolutely read this incredible true story of the real life Peaky Blinders. Carl Chinn has done an excellent job at bringing the true story to life while... More

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