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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (31 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844544885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844544882
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I respond to the feedback left in respect of 'Warning Read Before Buying'. I do not know what makes such a comment possible, other than jealousy. It may well be from one of Brian's drug mugs, or other detractors.

My response is this is: Brian didn't just beat up this guy and that guy for the sake of it. The mention by this particular detractor of Brian slapping ‘I am the hardest man in Britain’ on the cover of his book should be enough to reveal the writer's anger that it is not he on the cover of the book. I class Brian as being in the top six of the hardest men on the planet, and at the time of writing to be the hardest in the UK.

I take on about half a dozen projects per year, projects I believe in. Certainly, The Tax Man was a project I acceptd as worthy of my efforts in bringing you a one off story, which this is. My readers know me for what I write, for every book I write, I turn down 100 potential projects.

This man, Brian Cockerill, is the real deal, he's not a pretender, although there are many out there. All what I would ask is that you accept my reputaion as a 'without fear or favour' writer before accepting such derogatory remarks about this particular title.

In three book signings at Bookworld, Teesside, Brian sold 2,500 copies. Now doesn't that say more than words. As they say, words are cheap. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brian Cockerill is in his thirties and is still working as The Taxman, patrolling the streets and keeping them in order. He competes in strong-man competitions and has attempted world records in this arena. He has featured in Charlie Bronson's Solitary Fitness and was the subject of a whole chapter in Street Fighters. This is his first venture into writing.

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read many crime books based on 'so called' hard men, and I have read most of Stephen Richards books. To date I have been unimpressed with the stores of the McLean's, Kray's, Courtney's etc. I was however impressed with the story of Brian Cockerill. Big Bri is a true hard man and I'd like to see anyone challenge him for the title of hardest man in Britain.
As usual Stephen Richards has brought us a real life book that is presented in such a way we can feel part of the experience of Brian. Most other books are written in a way that makes these other hard men 'untouchable'. A definite recomendation.
Brian Cockerill, second only to the late Viv Graham.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Very good insight into the world that many of us only dream about - real people with real circumstances make it an excellent read for all.
Cockerill relays excellently the situation surrounding the life he lived and described the characters positively yet intermately along the way.
Very good reading
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Cracking view on life in teeside - real life, real feel, real names. Cockerill claims to be the hardest man - nobody seems to challange that fact?
Very interesting raw but effective reading
buy it now
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must say that the Taxman gives a real insight into the way life operates in the North East underworld
Real life drama, nail biting honesty - good read - buy it now
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By basilbrush on 15 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Really disappointing. Normally I love this genre - crime, underworld, gangs - but this was a book lacking any storyline just a series of pages where the reader learns about yet another lad he has brayed. He makes himself out to some Robin Hood type figure but for me the book just serves as a way to massage one huge ego. Normally you feel some respect for the subject matter (in most of the books I have read anyhow), but I kept thinking that I would like this guy to be given a taste of his own medicine and be brought down to earth. The book was poorly written. One for a car-boot sale and I never normally let my books go.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joy page on 25 Nov. 2013
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Save your money,why would anyone need to sprout about what they have beaten up and hurt through their life,thought it was a story about doormen ( which it was partly) but all the bad language as well,save your money Joy Page Yorkshire
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron C on 9 Nov. 2013
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This is the poorest attempt at story telling I have ever read. Somewhere along the line there seems to be some attempt to describe the subject as a social services operative and Robin Hood returned. How did he know (and remember) who many breaks he caused of the hundreds of jaws he broke. Strangely enough, I lived in Teeside during his "reign" and knew many CID, Drug Squad, and Regional Crime guys and never heard his name mentioned!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Ochman on 9 Jan. 2009
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I found this to be a very honest read- no lies or made up stories, this guy is the real deal. I have read lenny macleans book and read about the infamous lee duffy and viv graham, but brian to me is more superior and more the REAL DEAL. I recommend this book as this guy is the best.
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