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The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century: The Definitive Account Paperback – 25 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Reprint edition (25 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753829266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753829264
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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our fascination with the Great Train Robbery shows no sign of fading. It's Britain's real-life Wizard of Oz - no matter how familiar the tale, we can never resist savouring it just one more time... This well-written book also tackles the question of why the crime still holds our attention (THE SPECTATOR)

This racing read reveals a strangely seductive lost world (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

For the robbers who lost their liberty, all they had left was the myth of a brilliant crime. But that myth is comprehensively blown away by this thorough and often gripping book (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

With hindsight, the irony is that the Great Train Robbery was not a harbinger of the Swinging Sixties, but rather, with its cast of cops and criminals in matching trilbies, a reminder of the old Britain - class-bound and violent yet still strangely innocent - that was about to be swept away (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

a cool analysis of a violent and daring raid that still frustrates investigators and fascinates aficionados of big-time crime (SAGA MAGAZINE)

The idea that the great train robbery was a masterpiece of planning and execution by the cream of Britain's villains has been strangely persistent. In fact, as Nick Russell-Pavier and Stewart Richards' fascinating, if mildly obsessive, new book proves, this was always a myth that handily suited everybody involved: police, media and the criminals themselves (DAILY MAIL)

compelling...reveals failings in the initial investigation, but also in the execution of the robbery (CHOICE)

This well researched book sets out the real story in great detail. If you want to know everything there is to know about this crime I can definitely recommend this book. (Sue Lord MYSTERY PEOPLE, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7)

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Definitive account of the famous 1963 Great Train Robbery - and its aftermath. Updated for the paperback edition with new text and pictures.

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