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My Final Confession Does Not Confess To Much
4 April 2016
Judging by the wording and it's general tone I think that Charlie Richardson was the major writer of this book, rather than it being ghost-written, like so many other so called, 'autobiographies' are. At times there are some well written accounts of childhood memories and other subjects, which are at times very amusing and at others quite poetic, though, however, other recollections are jumbled and confused in both their delivery and construction.
The main problem with the book though is not the writing itself, rather it is the subject matter; the book is called, ‘The Last Gangster-My Final Confession.’ Yet Richardson rarely addresses any of the crimes he was involved in apart from those of a very ‘petty’ nature and anything more serious as hearsay or lies. Rather than portraying himself as a criminal he chose to prefer an image of a slightly dodgy businessman / Harry Palmer spy figure. If you are hoping to find any revelations regarding Charlie Richardson’s history in London’s underworld you will be very disappointed.