`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
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.