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  • Peaky Blinders: The Real Story

  • The New True History of Birmingham's Most Notorious Gangs
  • By: Carl Chinn
  • Narrated by: Carl Chinn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Summary

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 social 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 transformed 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 fiction.

©2019 Carl Chinn (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Brilliant

Loved this book. It's filled with interesting accounts of the time. I listened to this with my husband and we both enjoyed the content and discussed the topics in the book relating them to recent events in the media at this time. We would both recommend this wholeheartedly.

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A great read or listen

Carl gives a factual insight in to the peeky blinders. But this takes nothing away from the tv series..

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Not what I thought

Perhaps I misread the ‘memo’ - narration good, story disconnected, disappointing and quite frankly boring....not for me.

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Loosing Interest due to story line.

I don't really know where to start! Carl Chinn decided to narrate his own book.... but I wish he had received guidance. Whilst his native "twang" shines through and adds some atmosphere to the story, ever now and then he ends up suddenly shouting!!! I also got the impression that while he's done good research, he tends to use every paper cutting he can, rather than tell the story his own way. I will say that it seems to tell you the BBC have taken some liberty with the truth and converted the true story into something more fantastic rather than true to life because the true story is pretty boring. So...... Moving swiftly on........ 😑

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Narration not to my taste and read like a dissertation to much data

Would not recommend
Disappointing audiobook as above narrator just raising voice for effect was annoying but all personal taste

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Very unhappy with this book

I can’t even finish the listen of this book, I’ve tried my hardest to get into it but it’s very poor, if I could send this book back and download another I would. I’ve only managed to listen to about 45 minutes, and waited a month to get it, save your money or credit and don’t bother

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Real time Peaky Blinders

Very good and interesting listen and a good insight to see where the series had come from despite the book being so different from the series with it being full of real life events from history records.

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Interesting Story

Very enjoyable relating of the facts behind the drama tv series. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narration while rather over dramatic at times did not distract from the tale

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don't get fooled

just a few hours of a bloke quoting from news papers.
waste of time and money.

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Interesting in parts

Although the book had some interesting facts and information it felt very padded out and could have been half the length. Although the author is very enthusiastic about his subject and Birmingham in general his narration was lacking at times and his enthusiasm distracted from the stories. I struggled to finish the audio book and would feel this is a good example were the author narrating his own work did not work.

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