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The Great Train Robbery Nick Russell-Pavier

The Great Train Robbery By Nick Russell-Pavier

The Great Train Robbery by Nick Russell-Pavier

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Definitive account of the famous 1963 Great Train Robbery - and its aftermath.

The Great Train Robbery Summary

The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century: The Definitive Account by Nick Russell-Pavier

GBP2.6 million stolen in 46 minutes, prison sentences totalling 378 years, 23 criminals, countless victims. In the early hours of Thursday, 8 August 1963 at Sears Crossing near Cheddington in Buckinghamshire, GBP2.6 million (GBP45 million today) in unmarked GBP5, GBP1 and 10 shilling notes was stolen from the Glasgow to London mail train in a violent and daring raid which took forty-six minutes. Quickly dubbed 'the Crime of the Century', it has captured the imagination of the public and the world's media for fifty years, taking its place in British folklore. Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds and Buster Edwards became household names and their accounts have fed the myths and legends of 'The Great Train Robbery'. But what really happened? This definitive account dismantles the myths and strips away the sensational headlines to reveal a flawed, darker and more complex story. The crime, the police investigation, the trial, two escapes from high-security prisons, and an establishment under siege are all laid bare in astonishing detail for an epic tale of crime and punishment. Fifty years later, here is the story set out in full for the first time -- a true-life crime thriller, and also a vivid slice of British social history.

The Great Train Robbery Reviews

our fascination with the Great Train Robbery shows no sign of fading. It's Britain's real-life Wizard of Oz - no matter how familiar the tale, we can never resist savouring it just one more time... This well-written book also tackles the question of why the crime still holds our attention THE SPECTATOR This racing read reveals a strangely seductive lost world THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY For the robbers who lost their liberty, all they had left was the myth of a brilliant crime. But that myth is comprehensively blown away by this thorough and often gripping book THE SUNDAY TIMES With hindsight, the irony is that the Great Train Robbery was not a harbinger of the Swinging Sixties, but rather, with its cast of cops and criminals in matching trilbies, a reminder of the old Britain - class-bound and violent yet still strangely innocent - that was about to be swept away MAIL ON SUNDAY a cool analysis of a violent and daring raid that still frustrates investigators and fascinates aficionados of big-time crime SAGA MAGAZINE The idea that the great train robbery was a masterpiece of planning and execution by the cream of Britain's villains has been strangely persistent. In fact, as Nick Russell-Pavier and Stewart Richards' fascinating, if mildly obsessive, new book proves, this was always a myth that handily suited everybody involved: police, media and the criminals themselves DAILY MAIL compelling...reveals failings in the initial investigation, but also in the execution of the robbery CHOICE This well researched book sets out the real story in great detail. If you want to know everything there is to know about this crime I can definitely recommend this book. -- Sue Lord MYSTERY PEOPLE, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7

About Nick Russell-Pavier

Nick Russell-Pavier is a writer, dramatist, TV and film composer and producer. Stewart Richards has worked as a film producer, television executive and audio book publisher.

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The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century: The Definitive Account by Nick Russell-Pavier
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Orion Publishing Co
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