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Peaky Blinders: The Real Story: The new true history of Birmingham's most notorious gangs (Paperback)
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Peaky Blinders: The Real Story: The new true history of Birmingham's most notorious gangs (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 19/09/2019
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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
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

Peaky Blinders - The Real Story: An Evening with Carl Chinn

Peaky Blinders - The Real Story: An Evening with Carl Chinn

Birmingham
Wednesday 18th September 18:00

Join us for an evening with Professor Carl Chinn MBE Ph.D as he introduces his new book Peaky Blinders: The Real Story & walks us through the truth about this fascinating, popular area of Birmingham's past.

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Meet Peaky Blinders expert Carl Chinn!

Meet Peaky Blinders expert Carl Chinn!

Wolverhampton
Saturday 21st September 12:30

Join us at Waterstones Wolverhampton as we welcome well known and much loved local historian and Peaky Blinders authority Carl Chinn to the store to sign copies of his new book Peaky Blinders: The Real Story.

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