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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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absolutely brilliant

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

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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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Fantastic Audible

Loved every part of this audible. Brilliantly read out and the best I've listened to.

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Great book

Read this book a few years ago and the audio book is even better, in my option well narrated by Karl jenkinson, i soon felt like I was sat in a pub or a cafe chatting to a friend , some great stories in there that made me laugh, smile , and even want to cry , there will never be another man like him , R.I.P. THE GUVNOR