Tarmac Warrior: The Violent World Of Extreme Fighting Paperback – 7 Oct 2002
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About the Author
Billy Cribb now lives in Sussex and is a successful horse breeder and comedy writer. He has also spent time as a drugs counsellor. This is his first publication.
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Indeed about half way through the book the author decides to head to the continent from the Uk using the Ferries. Of course there is a 'fight' scheduled on the ferry itself, but whereas the first part of the book was at least interesting in how each fight panned out or how each fight was 'organized', the author seems to have lost interest the title of the book, skims over the encounters on the ferry in two sentences and then we find ourself somewhere in spain where he is hired as some kind of body guard/heavy. Then you realise this he really is the stereotypical 'short angry violent' man. It stops being a book about street fighting and turns into a hateful, hurtful waste of my time. If reading about the violent doings of one human being to another is your thing, then get it, but otherwise don't bother.
Billy is funny articulated andexcitable on radio, and his writing is no different. The book takes you through his life from te age of 14 - 30 and so much happens it will spin your head around. The peaceful tales of Gypsy life on the leafy lanes, the laughter and fun at the horse fairs..the fights of honour in fields and warehouses..fights on the motorways and cross channel ferries..time share in the canaries..syndicate involvement and debt collection in New Yor..corrupt fight scenes and use of razor blades in the ring,drug abuse and cult fighting in California..hippie communes and born again christians..this read has it all I have to say. Thank you BBC Radio Scotland and thank you Bily for sharing your life with me. Bill Wyman seems to like it also..
It gave me a greater understanding of the secret community of the Romany Gypsy and of the closeness of their families. I can see easily how this boy turned in to a violent man and must say although I dont support boxing I was very interested and drawn in to the fighting here. Some of te stories were a little gruesome but completley neccesary to underline the life that the writer led.
I can see this being a best seller once the media get hold of it. I was so sad when i finished as I had become a part of the family and of the writers life. I hope there will be a follow up to the book, there is so much more to tell and I have lots of questions also...
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If you are into reading of fighting then this is for you. Of course can be quite dark at times but shows one mans battle to fit in and in doing so takes him into a hidden world.Published 24 months ago by Mr. J. D. V. Thompson
Sorry but i cant believe most of the storys in this book ..like one review says there is a photo of cribb with fake blood on his face an wearing a blantant wig in one photo! .. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2012 by Lee Hodge
really enjoyed this book - Bill Cribb speaks from the heart and doesnt act like one of these hard men whos afraid to admit when they'e lost a fight. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2011 by W. Jackson
I have yet to read this, having had it a while. A friend of mine, who has first hand experience of the gypsy and traveller community (who shall remain nameless) in a NGO capacity,... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2009 by Capital One
my husband loved this book,didnt put it down,but then he loves anything to do with violence.kept him quiet so its a def...Published on 26 Oct. 2009 by Mrs. S. J. Thurland
This book really takes you on a rollercoaster. At times I actually warmed to Billy Cribb but in the end I regretted buying the book, solely because I don't wish to enrich the man... Read morePublished on 15 May 2009 by M. S. Poole
WELL. I dont know what 2 of these guys were reading but I found it a brilliant read. Full of soul and sadness. I really couldnt put it down. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2008 by P. Taylor
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