Robin Quinn

Robin Quinn

'THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ ALL YEAR,' says the editor of Devonshire Magazine in his review of 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo'. 'The level of research that's gone into this book by Robin Quinn is staggering. A thoroughly entertaining, interesting read that's highly recommended.' 'The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' is the incredible-but-true story of Charles Deville Wells, Gambler and Fraudster Extraordinaire, and is the latest title by this British author. The book is aimed at a general audience, but will have a special appeal for lovers of Victorian and Edwardian true crime stories. 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through Britain, France and Monaco in the company of one of the greatest swindlers of the era, as Charles Deville Wells pulls off one breath-taking coup after another. His amazing win at the roulette tables of Monte Carlo is just one of many highlights in this true story, which reaches a climax when he is pursued across Europe in one of the biggest man-hunts of all time. The idea for the book came quite unexpectedly, as Robin Quinn explains: 'A few years ago I was researching some entirely unrelated topic when I happened to notice an old newspaper article which said something like, "Man Who Broke Bank at Monte Carlo Dies in Poverty". I was captivated immediately. To begin with, it was the first time I'd realised that there really was a man who had broken the bank. Previously - if I'd given it any thought at all - I'd assumed he was just a made-up character, the subject of a music-hall song. But evidently he was a real person. And then I began to wonder how it could be that someone who'd won so much money could die in poverty. Whatever could have happened in between? It took me the best part of two years to find out. But that's another story in itself!' 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo - Charles Deville Wells, gambler and fraudster extraordinaire' is published by The History Press Ltd. For further info: Robin's previous book, first published in January 2015, is entitled 'Hitler's Last Army'. It documents the story of the 400,000 German prisoners of war who were detained in Britain during and after World War II. The last of these detainees to be officially repatriated left in 1948, while 25,000 remained in the country, and in many cases became British citizens. 'I've kept the human story of the prisoners to the forefront,' says Robin. 'But it's set against a backdrop of the military, political and economic issues which were going on at the same time. The prisoners themselves knew very little about these factors, which had such a profound impact on their lives.' 'Hitler's Last Army' has been well-received, with seven 5-star reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (July 2016). Another reviewer says, '... this is probably the best book on the topic published in the last 20 years.' (Recollections of WWII blogspot) For further info: Note: Robin Quinn is a British author, not to be confused with the American editor of the same name. Before becoming an author he was a radio presenter and subsequently an independent producer who made programmes for the BBC's national radio services - in particular Radio 2. His programmes include: 'The Prohibition Years' (two series investigating the music, customs and history of the period from 1920-1933 when the USA banned alcohol); 'The Summer of 1940', which focused on the Dunkirk Evacuation, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz; and 'Coffee Bar Kids', a look at life as a teenager in 50s and early 60s Britain. His music series cover a wide range of subjects including: Queen (the rock group!); the Beatles; Glen Campbell; Dean Martin; Ella Fitzgerald; Cliff Richard; and Badly Drawn Boy. His articles have been published in a range of magazines and newspapers, such as The Independent; The Argus (Brighton); Music Week; Family History Monthly.
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