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Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out, The Last Straw by [Biggs, Ronnie, Pickard, Christopher]
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Of all the celebrities releasing autobiographies this Christmas, at least Ronnie Biggs actually has a story to tell. --The Independent, November 18, 2011

`Though it pains me to say it, I enjoyed the book, and I think a lot of other people will too,'
--Det Chief Superintendent Jack Slipper, ex-Head of the Flying Squad. Daily Express

From the Author

Ronald Biggs, who I have known since the early 1980s, is a remarkable man with a remarkable story to tell. A survivor who time and time again beat the odds that were stacked against him.
Ronnie Biggs, despite what some sections of the media would like you to believe, is not a modern-day folk hero because of what he did in the early hours of the morning of August 8, 1963, but rather for the manner in which he - your basic man in the street - kept himself one step ahead of the government and media posse which chased him around the world since his daring escape from Wandsworth Prison in July 1965.


As Ron told the media at the launch of "Odd Man Out: The Last Straw": "The book is my voice. And it is very important to me. So please read it and don't just put it on the bookshelf to gather dust. It is my life, through my eyes. No lies, no spin, or whatever you call it. What you will find in the pages of this book is what happened to me, so please don't tell me it isn't."
Have an opinion on Ronnie Biggs - good or bad - but please base that opinion on fact and not the fiction that has often been written and published about Ron and the Great Train Robbery. Who Ronnie Biggs actually is, and what he did in his life can be found in the pages of "Odd Man Out: The Last Straw".
Please read Ron's autobiography, but as you do remember that however remarkable the story appears to be, what you are reading is fact and not fiction. It is also the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth as far as Ron can remember. But as has been clear since Ron's return to the UK in 2001, although there are people who claim they want the truth, there are others that simply can't handle it and must hang on to the myths that suit their version of events and of Biggs.
In case you had any doubts, Ronnie Biggs very much exists: he is not a myth. "Odd Man Out: The Last Straw" is his story. I hope you enjoy it.
(Chris Pickard)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mpress (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068S81Y0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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this is one of the best books i have read in a long time once you start the book you just want to go on untill the end any book you do not want to put down is a good book it realy opens up biggs life in brazil how he used to get money to cary on with every time he had no money there always was some one who wanted to film him or write an artical about him that is how he survived in brazil any way i will not go on buy the book you will not be dissapointed
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I was 7 Years Old when the Great Train Robbery took place and living in the same County, and Ronnie Biggs has appeared regularly in the press for the 50 Years since it took place. What I expected was a Normal but perhaps dull biography. So what a surprise when it starts with the Lead up to the Robbery, and then goes helter skelter until the book ends. This is well written, and well paced, and gives an insight to the life of a man who has crammed a lot into the last 50 Years. If this was a Novel, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a bit far fetched, in both plot and scope, but there you are sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. A great Read and thoroughly recommended
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got this book and really enjoyed it i was always interested in Biggs ,i think he got a harsh sentence compared to some who killed people ,he tells all in this book i give it 5 out of 5.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.It moved along well, and really was hard to put down. I had forgotten many of the adentures Ronnie Biggs found himself in post 1963,especially the kidnapping incidence.Ronnie has a good memory for incidents,events and people. He seems an honest and straight-forward type of guy who tells it how it happened.The book also tells you how little Ronnie was involved with The Great Train Robbery,but how much he is considered to be the central planner and architect of the event-Bruce Reynolds seems to have played that role-As Inspecter Slipper states 'he was a tea boy' in the scheme of things.His escape and long lack of capture made him famous. A good read
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This is a great book! It was so compelling that I found it hard to put down. So much so that I started the book on my second day of my holiday, and in between sunbathing and swimming I had read the book cover to cover within 4 days. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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A great book by the man himself. A man with a real life story to tell. The book is a page-turner, with lots of stories, tales and facts about the life and times of Ronnie Biggs and the Great Train Robbery that you would never have known without reading this book. Laughs and tears. Can't wait for the film.

Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out - The Last Straw
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Ronnie DID serve his time albeit not all behind British bars. He was a prisoner in his own skin and his life was spent looking over his shoulder. Not only a culprit he was also the victim - a victim of an unfair justice system, a sitting duck for kidnap plots, and a "owned" by the world's press to be manipulated as they saw fit for their own profits - and for this he dearly paid with the loss of first family and death of his son.
They say "Crime don't pay", and for Ronnie and several of his cohorts this was certainly true in the long run. But what a story!
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Having little experience of this story till i watched the tv series"mrs biggs". However once i picked the book up i had to get to the end.The style of writing and personal feelings makes this book a must read.
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