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Autobiography of a Thief Hardcover – 6 Apr 1995

4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (6 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593037790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593037799
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His story stands apart ... skilful enough to capture both the immediate excitement of crime and the dull price it so often extracts" (The Times)

"Far superior in style and narrative to the standard self-serving criminal memoir" (Guardian)

"Exceptional... elegantly written"

"Amazes and immorally amuses with his high-living, anti-establishment career" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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ONE OF THE MOST DARING ROBBERIES IN HISTORY IN THIS CLASSIC OF THE CRIME GENRE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I really enjoyed this book.Most people-me included- know that Bruce Reynolds was involved in The Great Train Robbery,but know little more about him,this book rectifies the problem. Bruce writes with candour and honesty.The majority of the book covers his life before the Train,and it very interesting and very readable,there i also a fair amount of humour in some of the characters he comes across,especially Nobby Clarke who served a customer whils robbing a shop. Bruce Reynolds manages to cover the gulf between a long diatribe on crime/jobs/criminals and page turning enjoyment.This was a very good and enjoyable read and put to bed many misconceptions thaty have grown up over the years concerning The Great Train Robber, and the criminal fraternity of the 1950's and 60's.
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This is a very well-written book. Bruce Reynolds comes across as intelligent, shrewd, well-read and at least when it comes to self-awareness, honest. He was a thief and makes no excuses for that - crime was a career choice and he clearly enjoyed the challenges and the thrill of setting up and executing a series of daring robberies. He doesn't, however seem to have cared one jot for the people he robbed. The inside story of the Great Train Robbery is fascinating and Reynolds makes it all sound very straightforward, although the logistical arrangements were clearly complex and demonstrated the gang's abilities to be excellent project managers. His account of life on the run makes for good reading and the story of his arrest evidences the mutual respect that existed between "old-school" criminals such as himself and the cunning, determined policemen who hunted them down. Well worth reading.
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The late Bruce Reynolds revealing his life as a career criminal from being a Raffles type crook to his 'Eldorado', the great train robbery of August 1963 when he smoked a Monte Cristo No. 2 cigar while waiting for the high value mail coach to rumble up to Bridego Bridge near Aylesbury. He is often described as the mastermind behind that robbery but for all the bravado and the money that was stolen, he appears to have led a happier and more exciting life before the robbery. I would like to have known more about the two nights they spent at Leatherslade Farm prior to the robbery because that must be the high spot for the reader, that is where the pent up excitement lies but Bruce Reynolds only touches lightly upon it as do all the films and documentaries that have been made about the robbery.

It's an interesting read and if you are into true crime, it is hard to put down. They say it's mostly middle-aged women who read books like this, I am saying no more.
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A really good read.I was born in 1963,the year of the Great train robbery and therefore it holds some fasination for me.However,Bruce Reynolds did not concentrate his book on just this subject,in fact it played a very small part.He had a long life and he tells his story well in this his autobiogrphy.I really enjoyed hearing his story.I would strongly recommend it.
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The clever thing about this book is that you find yourself rooting for Bruce when you damn well know that he might just be the sort of man to break into your grandma's house. This is a frank book by a very bright man who has been there, seen it all and paid the price. Despite everything, you come away liking and respecting this character who now leads a life on the straight and narrow. For the truth behind the Great Train Robbery, hear it from the mastermind.
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Autobiographies are common place but few are told with such eloquence and candour. Here you experience the exhilaration of each job, the glamour of his lifestyle followed by the heavy price paid in term of loss of liberty for so many years. At no point does Bruce Reynolds ask for sympathy and accepts that he is a villain through and through. His story proves crime does not pay.
The only question the book does not answer is that if he can produce work of this standard, why he did not pursue a career as a professional writer when he so clearly has the talent to do so.
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Couldn't help but come away from this with anything but much admiration for Reynolds, despite his being the wrong side of the law. There's courage, a keen intelligence, confidence, flair and of course, luck, of both kinds. But perhaps most of all for the integrity and fluency of the writing - which is better than many novels. Reynolds has real ability as a writer, which makes for a thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable book. You won't find any dull passages here. One of the few autobiographies I've read that repays repeated readings and has found a permanent place on my bookshelf. Very highly recommended.
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Written by a self confessed career thief, it makes good reading. He tells you of his upbringing, how he went into a life of crime, riches, fast lifestyle and his involvement in the biggest heist, in history of UK crime, at the time. He tells you of how the gang were recruited and their roles in the robbery, a life on the run, subsequent arrest and his life during incarceration. Notoriety for his leadership role followed him for life and his love of a good Cigar before "Doing a job"
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