My Manor: An Autobiography Paperback – 21 Feb 1992
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I read the book and it evoked a lot of memories of war torn London.
My Aunt Annie lived in Sears Street the site of the scrap metal yard.
A good book and a good read. Recommended.
In many respects, Charlie needed to write this account of his life, as it plugs that empty slot in the jigsaw of Sixties crime. The Richardsons were undoubtedly a major force, but Charlie does not dwell overly on the seedier side of his activities. Instead a previously unreported version of events unfolds here of a man who could have been the Branson of the 1960s. Entrepreneurial, workaholic, a driven man who would have been in the billionaire league by now had his 'honest' businesses progressed in the manner they had until his arrest.
For someone who took the punishment he received a lack of humour can be excused in this book. A must read for Sixties crime students, but don't expect a Freddie Foreman type story. Charlie shoots from the hip.
I is always difficult to know what part Bob Long wrote and edited, and what part Charlie Richardson did, but you get the feeling that Charlie would have included the parts that he wanted ncluded or else.
Good read, and insight into the old fashion world of gangs in London,even if in the end Ronnie Kray did go to far.
Charlie was obviously an intelligent criminal but seemed to be constantly phased about the lack of fairness in the justice system - seems that he thought he could get up to anything and just get a big slap on the wrists. Like the Krays - people were by then totally fed up with them all.
It gives no insight into his activities, a likeable rogue brought down by the nobs and the toffs seems to be his theme.
Other memoirs of villains from this period are better written and also prove some real insight into the subjects activities ( Freddie Foremans bio. for example).
My advice don't waste your money you'll learn little of Richardson real life and save yourself a lot of cringing at the appalling writing.
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Book as expected , simple reading , book was very grubby on cover , had to wipe it over before reading , if that had been done before dispatched, would have earned a 5 star ...... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara W.