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Summary

This is the classic book that started an entire genre - the story of the most iconic hardman of them all.

Lenny McLean was one of the deadliest bareknuckle fighters Britain has ever seen. He had dear, powerful friends, but he also had terrible enemies. So much so that he had two bullet wounds in his back - each from a different attack. 

He was also stabbed repeatedly - always from behind. But Lenny was also a warm, big-hearted grizzly bear of a man, whose main weakness was an overwhelming desire to put the welfare of his mates ahead of his own wellbeing.

In his extraordinary autobiography, he tells of how the Mafia flew him to New York to take on their greatest bareknuckle boxer in a multimillion pound illicit bout. 

The Mafia's man lasted less than three minutes. When the IRA fronted up a London gang in a money-laundering scam, Lenny was brought in to intimidate the terrorists. The IRA, not surprisingly, backed off. 

His most serious trial came when he was accused of murder. Fighting to prove his innocence against a minimum sentence of 25 years, Lenny never gave up - and went on to be found not guilty.

This is a tale of one man's triumph against almost insurmountable odds, in a battle that Len fought every day for himself, and to 'put steam on the table' for his wife and kids.

©2020 Lenny McLean (P)2020 Bonnier Books Ltd

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Met Lenny a few times in the early 90’s when I was doing the doors, the book sums him up exactly, very fair, heart of gold & total animal when upset! RIP Lenny.

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"a diabolical liberty" this is not

Lenny's life is an amazing listen and the performance is top notch. if you are any way interested in the krays era or the older gangsters of England then I highly recommend this book. in fact even if it's just a passing fancy you will still enjoy this. Lenny is very honest and goes into an exceptional amount of detail on his past crimes and fights. genuinely enjoyable and I would recommend this audio book.

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Gripping book

brilliant book, you warm to Lenny so much, he made the best out of his life and was taken too soon.

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absolutely brilliant

loved every min of this book ,great story there wont be another like lenny RIP THE GUVNOR

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my 1st book

This was my 1st audio book and I really enjoyed it. never thought I would like it so much thank you.

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Spellbinding from start to finish. Wish he was still around. A fantastic story. Not many like him. A one in a million. True old school.

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fantastic book

Great book loved every minute of it, one of the best I have downloaded to date

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Great listen

loved it the old East end days and what life was like for people who lived ther on the edge

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Amazing

Insight into a world so far removed from the average man... a one of the kind... the Guv’nor!

Gripping stuff!

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Brilliant

loved it best audible book so far could not wait to tune in for more

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  • Michael V McKenney
  • 20-02-21

Fantastic and interesting story from start to finish

Highly recommend, from hard Scrabble, abused/beaten as a child, hustle in the street, prison, to the big screen.

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  • Sarah Ryder
  • 12-02-21

Brilliant!!

I could not stop listening to this book. Amazing story full of everything. you won't be disappointed x

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  • Hi
  • 01-02-21

man what a book

times I was on edge, on high and also felt horrible. but ups and downs this is a great book for a great man.

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  • Leah Troen
  • 10-01-22

Great Book!!

great story!! the Performance was great.. made me think I was there with the Gov..

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  • Doc Purple
  • 19-11-21

Captivating Biography

What a remarkably dangerous and riveting account of the life Lenny lived. Tough as diamonds with principles to match. I found the mixture of being deadly dangerous man and a loving compassionate husband and father to be fascinating.

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  • Michael Biggerstaff
  • 29-09-21

Great story

Lenny McLean lived an insane life and this book tells some crazy stories and is beyond entertaining. A must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-21

Absolutely Amazing!!!

An amazing story of the life of an incredible man! Highly recommend to anyone, regardless of what you're into.

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  • Tortfeasor
  • 08-05-21

I love this book!

The story is spellbinding and the narration is worth the price of admission. I can’t recommend this book enough!