Disappointing What was said in 200 plus pages "could easily have been said in less than 100Repetitive to say the least and hardly informativeWe get the "easily have been said in less than 100Repetitive to say the least and hardly informativeWe get the the peaky blinders from the TV screen is nothing like the gangs that hung around on the streets of late Victorian Birmingham Yet the author feels he needs to prove this point time and time again Explaining over and over about belt buckles sloggers heavy boots and peaked caps over the eyesFrankly this book has gained popularity due only to the popularity of the TV seriesReally or not we love peaky blinders the series And it would have been nice to pick up this book and really learnt something Sadly that s not the causeNot worth buying let alone finishing I agree with other reviewers who have said they found this book repetitive It s not very well written badly proof read and frankly boring It may appeal to Brum history buffs but it didn t engage me at all Large chunks were ust reproduced from old newspapers and it read like a GCSE project at best Save your money This book is an extended
text version of Professor Carl Chinn s lecture and street tour about the real Peaky Blinders of which I ve version of Professor Carl Chinn s lecture and street tour about the real Peaky Blinders of which I ve the pleasure If you don t know Professor Chinn he s a yampy but I enjoyed this book. The Sunday Times best seller The Peaky Blinders as we know them thanks to the hit TV series are infused with drama and dread Fashionably dressed the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps as they fight bloody gangland wars involving Irish terrorists and the authorities led by a devious Home Secretary Winston Churchill But who were the real Peaky Blinders Did they really exist Well known soci.
paydayloansbsb.co.uk ✓ 0 charactersAltho I can see why some readers have notIt is a recount of the Brummie gang history with some family and local anecdote content but a larger proportion is sourced from newspaper and court records As such it is exactly as grim episodic and repetitive as the behaviour of the gangs and individuals whose history it reports There is no sprinkling of tellyfilm glamour over the disjointed and disorganized criminal behaviour no romantic heroic figures no unifying narrative threadSo this is a history not a fantasy If you are hoping for a TV tie in for the fictional Shelby dynasty you may be disappointed However if you are "interested in the reality of the criminals of "in the reality of the criminals of before the second world war the violent and hardly at all organized gangs and the lives of the poor at the time this is well worth your attentionAs someone whose family were living in the area at the times described altho one ancestor was a person of great moral probity despite being bought up after their fathers death by an illiterate mother in a series of rented rooms in those back to back houses while the other was the child of an honest copper I found the book a fascinating if slightly disjointed read giving a real picture of life for the poor of the day I normal. Al historian broadcaster and author Carl Chinn has spent decades searching them out Now he reveals the true story of the notorious Peaky Blinders one of whom was his own great grandfather and like the Shelbys his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in back street Birmingham In this gripping social history Chinn shines a light on the rarely reported struggles of the working class in one of the great cities of the British Empire before the First World War The story continues after 1918 as some Peaky Blinders Ly love history books but this one unfortunately like someone has already said Here Is Written Like A is written like a loads of repetition The style and narrative are really dry The author cites dry text of newspapers over and over and over again I only managed to push myself to read half of it hoping then it will get better but unfortunately it stayed all the same monotonous book and I gave up Nothing like what I expected and would not recommend personally I have to confess I only read about 50 pages before putting it down never to
be picked up again sorry Carl but I couldn t read any aboutpicked up again sorry Carl but I couldn t read any about gangs and pitch and toss incidents without screaming it was all getting very repetitive Before I start let me say I ve been on Karl s Peaky tour and it was indeed blinding This however reads like a dissertation I ve genuinely had to put it aside Not uite sure how the first 60 pages got past the editors it s so repetitive yes we know why they were called the peaky blinders I m a huge history buff but this left me sorely disappointed which is a real shame as I was so excited to buy the book "Perhaps One Day I "one day I dip back in Obviously the book was raw and far less glamorous than the TV series But it was a good read even if chilling at times. Ransformed into the infamous Birmingham Gang Led by the real Billy Kimber they fought a bloody war with the London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over valuable protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming postwar racecourses of Britain Drawing together a remarkably wide range of original sources including interviews with relatives of the 1920s gangsters Peaky Blinders The Real Story adds a new dimension to the true history of Birmingham's underworld and fact behind its ficti.