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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... but true?
Headlined as an investigation into the lives of three of the UK's most notorious 60's gamblers - James Goldsmith, John Aspinall & "Lucky" Lord Lucan - and claiming to reveal, for the first time, the true story behind Lucan's even more notorious "disappearance" - one of the UK's longest running murder mysteries - "The Gamblers" is a quite riveting insight into a bizarre...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gamblers
I was rather disappointed with this book. It aw quite well written but I had expected more about Lord Lucan (the reason I had ordered it)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... but true?, 10 July 2008
Headlined as an investigation into the lives of three of the UK's most notorious 60's gamblers - James Goldsmith, John Aspinall & "Lucky" Lord Lucan - and claiming to reveal, for the first time, the true story behind Lucan's even more notorious "disappearance" - one of the UK's longest running murder mysteries - "The Gamblers" is a quite riveting insight into a bizarre world of power, glamour, addiction, fabulous wealth and self destruction. Like the friend who recommended it to me I read it virtually straight through and while I left with as many questions as answers I discovered, on the way, a whole host of mind-boggling facts about the people who populated London's most exclusive gambling den, "The Clermont Club", and its now iconic sister night-club, "Annabel's".

Cleverly underpinned by sufficient clearly genuine information to make you believe it all, you are, by the last third of the book, quite prepared to fully accept Pearson's take on Lucan's fate, even though the lines between objective analysis and sensationalist interpretation have in fact become fairly blurred. But no matter because, in the end, "The Gamblers" is much more than simply another title-selling angle on the Lord Lucan saga, rather an intriguing exploration into a part of London's "swinging sixties" scene that most of us never knew existed and a fascinating study of what draws the rich & privileged into the ridiculously high-risk world of big-money gambling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into the lives of one privileged group in mid 20th. Century London., 23 Dec 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable book that provides an interesting insight into the lives of one privileged group in mid 20th. century London.
Surprising how some public schoolboys cling to their friends from school. They seem reluctant to move on and for this lot it certainly seems to have resulted in retarded social development. They had a lot of money but didn't know what to do with it so they just played games. After all, much of it was inherited wealth so it wasn't as though they had to work for it. All in all a thoroughly unpleasant crowd with Aspinall coming across as being clearly unbalanced and Lucan as a thuggish self centered bully, the rest behaved like young schoolboys in thrall of a prefect (Aspinall)
Anyone interested in social history will enjoy this book, it captures the mood of the time amongst the upper classes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a horrible crowd, 28 Dec 2013
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Details the rise and fall of some of the 20th century's prominent London gambling men, including the despicable, insular Clermont Set. Well written, with pictures of the main protagonists. The rich are certainly different - they think rules only apply to the rest of us.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gamblers, 4 April 2014
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I was rather disappointed with this book. It aw quite well written but I had expected more about Lord Lucan (the reason I had ordered it)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 23 Mar 2014
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I really liked this book. It gives a great insight into the upper class gambling clubs of London - particularly the Clermont. It also gives a superb glimpse of the mindset of the owner and the Clermont Set. Most of whom seemed to me to be quite vile people. I found it a fascinating read and recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Snapshot From Yesteryear, 19 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed this glimpse of upper class life in the 70's. John Pearson has written a wonderful biography that will be of interest to anyone who remembers the Lucan scandal and the friends who allegedly aided his escape. It is certainly not just about Lucan though, rather the larger than life individuals who inhabited the famous gambling clubs operated by John Aspinal. So many interesting characters beautifully portrayed. This book is a little gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Readable Story of The Clermont Set, 11 July 2014
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This is by no means a great work of literature but it is a good read and an interesting book. John Pearson, who has also written about the Krays, has taken a close look at The Clermont Set, a group of high stakes gamblers including Lord Lucan associated with the Clermont Club in Berkeley Square, in exciting 1960s London. The leader of the set was the eccentric John Aspinall who was perhaps better known as the man who allowed a tiger to roam free around his house and later formed a complete private zoo in which two keepers were killed and a young boy very badly injured. Later the financier Jimmy Goldsmith assumed a leading role in the group by virtue of the immense fortune he made asset stripping companies and playing the stock market. This set of West End celebrities and their associated group of rich aristocratic gambling friends dramatically came to the notice of the general public following the disappearance of Lord Lucan and the murder of his family’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, in November 1974. Pearson carefully reconstructs the events of that fateful night and speculates on the possible fate of Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan.
Pearson has a gift for keeping the forward momentum of the book and for supplying a constant flow of interesting titbits about the connections, family anecdotes and bizarre sexual practices of the various characters in the Clermont Set, so there is never a dull moment. This was a group of people amongst whom some achieved great success, and others succumbed to great tragedy, whilst all the time leading complicated personal lives.
An interesting, highly readable, true story of an unscrupulous group of entrepreneurs who briefly blazed in the firmament of swinging London in the 1960s and 70s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very interesting book one of the best I have read in a long time, 7 July 2014
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this is a very interesting book one of the best I have read in a long time,just don't want to finish it will certainly be reading more of John Pearsons work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gamblers, 17 Mar 2014
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Fascinating read,he captures the main players accurately and in detail.The best work so far on this topic.Recommend highly and very well researched and written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to read this book after seeing series on TV, 10 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed the TV series very much but wanted to learn more about the other characters in the story. This was the right book to read as it filled in all the background I had wanted to know. A thoroughly enjoyable read. My husband who is not really a book reader also read it an enjoyed it. The age we are the characters were familiar names.
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