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Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out, The Last Straw [Kindle Edition]

Ronnie Biggs , Christopher Pickard
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Of all the celebrities releasing autobiographies this Christmas, at least Ronnie Biggs actually has a story to tell. --The Independent, November 18, 2011

`Though it pains me to say it, I enjoyed the book, and I think a lot of other people will too,'
--Det Chief Superintendent Jack Slipper, ex-Head of the Flying Squad. Daily Express

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The book is Ronnie Biggs’ official and definitive autobiography, which he only completed in November 2011. In “Odd Man Out: The Last Straw” Ronnie covers his entire life including the Great Train Robbery, his conviction and subsequent escape from HMP Wandsworth. He tells about his family life with Charmian, and how he managed to outrun and out think the posse of law enforcement officers, and the media, that chased him around the world as its most wanted men.

From his time in Australia, to his discovery and arrest in Brazil in 1974, it is all included in this book. The autobiography covers the two attempts to kidnap him, and his son Mike’s rise to stardom. For the first time Ron tells about what has happened to him since the early 1990s to today, including his strokes, illness, his attempted suicide, the death of his partner and friends, the extradition attempts, the Rio carnival tribute, his decision to come back to the UK, and his much publicised return in 2001 after 13,068 days on the run.

In “Odd Man Out: The Last Straw” Ron also covers prison life in Belmarsh and Norwich since returning to Britain, including his meetings with infamous and famous inmates. Ron describes what went on at the time of his release, from the blocking of his parole, to his 'compassionate' release a month later when at death’s door. He also explains why he was still alive and kicking years on from his release and despite being at the top of the ‘Death List’ for nearly a decade. If you want to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the life and times of Ronald Biggs and the Great Train Robbery, this is the full story from the man himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mpress (15 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068S81Y0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the biggs one 24 Feb 2012
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this is one of the best books i have read in a long time once you start the book you just want to go on untill the end any book you do not want to put down is a good book it realy opens up biggs life in brazil how he used to get money to cary on with every time he had no money there always was some one who wanted to film him or write an artical about him that is how he survived in brazil any way i will not go on buy the book you will not be dissapointed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars trevs reviews 25 Oct 2012
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got this book and really enjoyed it i was always interested in Biggs ,i think he got a harsh sentence compared to some who killed people ,he tells all in this book i give it 5 out of 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a Novel 20 July 2013
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I was 7 Years Old when the Great Train Robbery took place and living in the same County, and Ronnie Biggs has appeared regularly in the press for the 50 Years since it took place. What I expected was a Normal but perhaps dull biography. So what a surprise when it starts with the Lead up to the Robbery, and then goes helter skelter until the book ends. This is well written, and well paced, and gives an insight to the life of a man who has crammed a lot into the last 50 Years. If this was a Novel, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a bit far fetched, in both plot and scope, but there you are sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. A great Read and thoroughly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading! 9 Nov 2012
By Beau
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This is a great book! It was so compelling that I found it hard to put down. So much so that I started the book on my second day of my holiday, and in between sunbathing and swimming I had read the book cover to cover within 4 days. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RONNIE 8 Nov 2012
By banker
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This book was most enjoyable and written honestly. Although I was'nt surprised with any of the information, it was a great insight how this man felt as he continued on the run. He was actually a very clever man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impossible to put down 27 Oct 2012
By C. Akam
Format:Kindle Edition
Having little experience of this story till i watched the tv series"mrs biggs". However once i picked the book up i had to get to the end.The style of writing and personal feelings makes this book a must read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 7 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
A great book by the man himself. A man with a real life story to tell. The book is a page-turner, with lots of stories, tales and facts about the life and times of Ronnie Biggs and the Great Train Robbery that you would never have known without reading this book. Laughs and tears. Can't wait for the film.

Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out - The Last Straw
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Ronnie DID serve his time albeit not all behind British bars. He was a prisoner in his own skin and his life was spent looking over his shoulder. Not only a culprit he was also the victim - a victim of an unfair justice system, a sitting duck for kidnap plots, and a "owned" by the world's press to be manipulated as they saw fit for their own profits - and for this he dearly paid with the loss of first family and death of his son.
They say "Crime don't pay", and for Ronnie and several of his cohorts this was certainly true in the long run. But what a story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great present for my stepdad loved it
Published 1 month ago by Troy Sandwell
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great insight to what happened
Published 2 months ago by Mr. D. Utton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
This Book is Truly fantastic :) could not put it down! Portrays Ronnie Biggs's Life, Trials and Tribulations as though you are there living them with him :) recommend this to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zoe depledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the book and so honest, could not put this book down i wanted to know more
Published 3 months ago by kim mcclory
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excellent read
Published 4 months ago by mrs c
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read
Published 4 months ago by GARY ALDER
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Having watched Mrs Biggs on TV I was interested to read the other half of the story I found this book informative and lively given the serious nature of the crime and Biggs minor... Read more
Published 4 months ago by poppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A really good account of the train robbery and Ronnie Biggs life story to follow
Published 5 months ago by clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have to say that this is one of the best book I have ever read!
Being born in Bucks and my father loving trains the name Ronnie Biggs was almost a household name. Read more
Published 8 months ago by dawn adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Story of a dying man
Good reading, Could have been more detail.
It skipped out a lot of what should have been in it. Such as life with his ex.(Raimunda)
Published 8 months ago by john gordon
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