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Essex Boys: The Truth (With E-Book) [DVD]
Essex Boys: The Truth (With E-Book) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bernard O Mahoney
Price: £7.09

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supergrass's send men to jail for life after swapping murder charges for money and new lives., 10 Dec. 2015
The knockers on here are missing the essential point, both Jack Whomes and in the New Generation Essex Boys section Ricky Percival have been fitted up by people who should stand trial for murder, and not become the star prosecution witness, send people to jail for life and walk away free men.
The film itself is very well made and the two hours running time flew by. It is interesting to hear from people who were present at the key events in Pat Tate's last month alive, and hear them confirm that greed and his demons had got the better of him and he had pretty much resigned himself to his fate.
Regardless of anyone's personal opinion of the writer/presenter, and there are plenty of knockers and spoilers posting on here whose opinions are based on allegiances, this is a well made and informative film.
The book/ebook goes into far more detail and makes this a great value package.
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The Krays: Kill Order [DVD]
The Krays: Kill Order [DVD]
Price: £5.63

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchable and informative., 18 Sept. 2015
This review is from: The Krays: Kill Order [DVD] (DVD)
A watchable documentary, the feature length running time and the way the film is edited serves the twins story well. Not everyone will be happy to hear some of the contributors who are pretty damning about Ronnie and Reggie, but as these are people who knew them well you can not really question what's said.
Foreman's new revelations are eye opening, and O'Mahoney and the producer's went to great lengths to corroborate the main one, but he also admits his involvement in the other matters which up to now had only been rumoured.
And including as it does audio contributions from Reg makes this a unique film.


Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld - Series Two (The follow-up to British Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld) [DVD]
Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld - Series Two (The follow-up to British Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Matthews
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much picking up where series one ended, 27 July 2015
Pretty much picking up where series one ended, the format is the same but this time over eight episodes. The individual stories from the faces are city by city until it crosses the Irish Sea at which point the basis is more sectarian. Series two is far grittier and covering more contemporary stories to arrive at a serious message, crime pay's but rarely does the reward cover the cost of the consequences.


British Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld - Series One [DVD]
British Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld - Series One [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bernard O'Mahoney
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £6.29

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faces - In their own words., 3 Dec. 2012
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This series is a true crime viewers dream. It is adapted from the book "Faces - A Photographic Journey Through the Underworld" and sticks to the books basic structure. The first four episodes cover crime from the 1940's to nearly present day as told by the "faces" of Glasgow, Manchester/Salford, Newcastle and London. The last two episodes deal with the move from armed robbery into the drugs trade and the consequences. The participants are very candid which some may find shocking, but the series never glamourises crime or the criminals themselves, but it does give them room to tell their stories.
It show's that at the top crime pays, but it exacts a fearsome price, in years served and lives broken.


Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography
Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography
by Danny Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yin to Nick Hornby's Yan., 2 Nov. 2012
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One of the most inventive and original broadcasters ever, anywhere. He has been a must read, listen to, watch for me since his Sniffing Glue debut. Danny never fails to put a fresh perspective on a familier theme. If there is a man alive who has a better more entertaining grasp on pop culture I havent met him. Sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but always certain. Buy the book.


Faces:  A Photographic Journey Through the Underworld
Faces: A Photographic Journey Through the Underworld
by Bernard O`Mahoney
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class work, 31 Jan. 2012
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This is a class work, not the usual tired trawl through "gangland". Faces is unique in its presentation and the narrative is accompanied by photographs of the very highest standard. A must see for every truecrime reader and a sound record of a moment in crime. I am looking forward to the TV series based on the book, and the second volume. Well done.


Abide with Me
Abide with Me
by Ian Ayris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for One, 11 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Abide with Me (Paperback)
A surprising story of the friendship between two boys as they grow up in London's east end during the 70's and 80's. I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone who enjoyed Nick Hornby or Tony Parsons, particulaly Man and Boy. The big difference is that Ian Ayris first novel delivers a much grittier story, one so evocative you will feel you have walked a mile in hero John Sissons shoes. The book is funny, thoughtful, touching and at times a unsettling.
Ian gives a 360 degree view of precisely what it was like to grow up in a decent working class household, taking that loving and carefree enviroment for granted, and how easy it is do drift through the years, and to wake one day in another life, as an outsider, the time passed, and the world you knew broken and gone.


Layer Cake
Layer Cake
by J. J. Connolly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut, 26 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Layer Cake (Paperback)
I come to Layercake the longway round, I first read Judas Pig, then I was recommended JJ Connolly's Layercake because they both cover the same scene. Initially I didnt fancy Layercake at all, the marketing and casting for the film put me right off. A few years passed and I relented, but bought Viva La Madness instead as I was wary of Layercake, I am happy to report I could not put Viva La Madness down. I then rushed out to buy Layercake, which to my surprise is equally as good.

Layercake is a real page turner, and I have really missed the characters since finishing the book, which is the best recommend I can make.
As mentioned, I came to JJ Connolly via Judas Pig, both JJ's novels share a lot with that book, subject, location, time line, pace, they also use a lot of the same crime/street slang, which bonds them in my view, but your not likley to get Judas Pig unless your minted and want to pay £60+ for the rare used copies that come up for sale, but Layercake is affordable and a must read for anyone who enjoys crime thrillers.

Whats next from the 2-0 up JJ?


Viva La Madness
Viva La Madness
by J. J. Connolly
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mister Connolly - King of Crime Fiction, 4 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Viva La Madness (Paperback)
My first outing with Mister Connolly, I come to it via the enigma "Judas Pig" and now I ask myself why has it taken me so long. Viva La Madness is a fine addition to the crime fiction genre, a great story and characters, and it rocks along at a pace. It uses a lot of the same slang as Judas Pig, which is intriging and shares that novels ease with its subject matter.
I will now dig out Layer Cake and see what that has to offer.
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