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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read - A++++
Having read the likes of Lenny Mclean - The Guv'nor, Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, Dave Courteney - Stop the Ride, Hard Bstrds, Geoff Thompson (excellent read) & Jimmy Stockin's 'On the Cobbles' etc etc I would have to say that this book is very comfortably the best of them all. Bartley Gorman, to me, was a legend. I had never heard of the fella before I laid eyes on this book,...
Published on 15 Aug 2003 by mr robert j clemence

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this book is a decent read
i enjoyed reading this book. some of the things mentioned in the book are romantisised and some are exagerrated. i am sure that bartley gorman was a very good fighter and i am sure (having never met him) that he was no saint. a lot of the book recounts battles after drinking alcohol and i doubt that he would really have had the necessary discipline to have become a...
Published on 15 July 2008 by S. J. Fox


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read - A++++, 15 Aug 2003
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mr robert j clemence (tunbridge wells, kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Having read the likes of Lenny Mclean - The Guv'nor, Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, Dave Courteney - Stop the Ride, Hard Bstrds, Geoff Thompson (excellent read) & Jimmy Stockin's 'On the Cobbles' etc etc I would have to say that this book is very comfortably the best of them all. Bartley Gorman, to me, was a legend. I had never heard of the fella before I laid eyes on this book, and was very reluctant to buy and read it to be honest. After I had read the first chapter, I really couldn't put the damn thing down! It is a brilliant, brilliant story of a man with extremely high morals and a fascinating past. I take my hat off to the 'King of the Gypsies' whom I would suggest is a real old skool mans man - and a bloody hard so and so!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this book is a decent read, 15 July 2008
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S. J. Fox "foxy" (doncaster, england) - See all my reviews
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i enjoyed reading this book. some of the things mentioned in the book are romantisised and some are exagerrated. i am sure that bartley gorman was a very good fighter and i am sure (having never met him) that he was no saint. a lot of the book recounts battles after drinking alcohol and i doubt that he would really have had the necessary discipline to have become a championship boxer. he seems a fair size and would have had size advantages over most of the men he fought. i have come across gypsy fighters before and they are mainly bullies, (fair play means they've got more to back them up). i spoke to bob gaskin and he told me that the doncaster races episode was very exagerated (bartley says a metal bar was forced down his throat and his voice box was damaged). also i cannot see any man missing a man with a punch and knocking down a wall. i am sure that he was well regarded in his community (and hero worshipped) and am sure that his skill at fighting and his reputation made him plenty of money and got him out of many unpleasant duties. all in all it is a good book but don't believe it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars king bartley, 6 July 2007
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W. Doyle (derby) - See all my reviews
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having read numerous books of this type i have to say this is amongst my favs well written it keeps you fixed and is hard to put down you almost feel sorry for bartley after the racecourse incident worth every penny highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars king of the gypsies, 14 Dec 2004
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As a mate of Bartlys i find it amusing that some people who have reviewed this book find him a coward, one in particular saying an anti climax and that Bartly thinks he could have been someone. Anyone who knew this man would say opposite to this, he was a man of character and morals and never turned away from any challange, the bravest man i ever had the honour to meet and is sorely missed. The only cowards in this world are the ones who say things when there can be no responce.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ?, 13 Aug 2005
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all in all a good book, initially after reading the foreword i thought this guy was a bit arrogant, but as the book goes on its difficult not to gain respect for the man. you dont get much insight into the man apart from the fighter until the end of the book. i find it interesting that once he is older he turns his back on the fighting game, this seems to be the norm as fighters get older and wiser, billy cribb, tarmac warrior did the same. a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of gypsies, 11 Jun 2009
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Fantastic book. Very well reserched and written. Very interesting. Very honourable man whose values are all too lacking today. Great read for the fighting fan as well as just a fun read. Some good life lessons as well hidden among the general text.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood has been shed. History has been made..., 12 Mar 2002
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Bartley Gorman; a ledgend, a pioneer, my cousin. This book was highly anticipated by everyone who loved him and loathed him. In my family we grew up hearing stories of the exploits of our cousins Bartley and Sam Gorman. The stories were so elaborate and exciting, they filled us with nothing but admiration for these men. The book gives the reader an amazing in-depth look into one side of the lives of these legendary men, brutal as it may seem, bare-knuckle and illegal boxing was (and still is) a huge part of the gypsy life. To the outsider this book may seem far-fetched, over-exaggerated and even glamourous. To those belonging to our fraternity the book is an historical landmark. Not only does the book teach us about the great men of the past but clarifies misunderstandings about certain events of Bartley's life. I would have no trouble recommending this book to anyone. It is the first book ever written by a thoroughbred gypsy and is definitely an essential acquistion in anybody's library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Jun 2005
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This is an excellent book about a very brave and honourable man. Bartley Gorman comes across as being a fair, honest and deeply religious man as well as a formidable fighter. It is correct to say that he was not an ALI but in my opinion he was better. He fought more people than Ali and did not wear gloves or have the protection of medical people standing by. However that aside this book stands out for its deep look into the gypsy way of life and what made bartley the man he was. This book also mentions other famous fighters previously unknown to the general public. For example Uriah Burton probably the most dangerous "all in fighter" of the last one hundred years. There are pictures in this book of famous gypsy fighters that have never been seen before. This is an addictive and very interesting read. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Recollection of an amazing life, 30 April 2002
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This book delivers an amazing story of a gypsy bare knuckle fighter, who was no doubt the best of his time, i live in his home town, and only really got to hear about him when he passed away, which made me buy and read this book. If youre lookin for a book full of blood, sweat and tears. then this is the book to read. But it! you wont be disapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Gypsy book so far..., 31 July 2008
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Great book with a glimpse into how gypsy life really is.

Sometimes funny, sometimes brutal but always interesting.

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