The Guv nor In His Own Words Conversations with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Legend

The Guv nor In His Own Words   Conversations with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Legend
Author: Peter Gerrard
Publsiher: Kings Road Publishing
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2017-07-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781786068248

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Born in East London in 1949, Lenny McLean grew up in an area that had been ravaged by the Second World War. Although money was scarce and fighting was commonplace, a camaraderie and deep sense of honour and respect remained. A victim of violent abuse at the hands of his stepfather, Lenny spent much of his teenage life in borstal as he began to follow a life of crime. However, it was his ability as a fighter that was to turn his life around. Lenny McLean inspired fear in many, but respect from all, as he became a bare-knuckle fighting legend. His fame became even greater in later life, appearing in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels just as his autobiography was reaching the top of the bestsellers chart. Lenny's untimely death from cancer in 1998 marked the beginning of the end of the old Cockney way of life and interest in his story has only increased since his passing, inspiring documentaries as well as a feature film, My Name is Lenny. In these unedited conversations between Lenny and his 'book man' Peter Gerrard, featuring many anecdotes that did not appear in The Guv'nor, we get to see the man behind the public image. As he looks back on his life, these transcripts reveal Lenny's humour and charm as well as the volatility that made him one of the most notorious figures ever to emerge from the East End.

The Guv nor in His Own Words

The Guv nor in His Own Words
Author: Peter Gerrard
Publsiher: John Blake
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-06-01
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1786063824

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A victim of violent abuse at the hands of his stepfather, Lenny spent much of his teenage life in borstal as he began to follow a life of crime. However, it was his ability as a fighter that was to turn his life around. Lenny McLean inspired fear in many, but respect from all, as he became a bare-knuckle fighting legend. His fame became even greater in later life, appearing in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels just as his autobiography was reaching the top of the bestsellers chart. Lenny's untimely death from cancer in 1998 marked the beginning of the end of the old Cockney way of life and interest in his story has only increased since his passing, inspiring documentaries as well as a feature film, My Name is Lenny. In these unedited conversations between Lenny and his 'book man' Peter Gerrard, featuring many anecdotes that did not appear in The Guv'nor, we get to see the man behind the public image. As he looks back on his life, these transcripts reveal Lenny's humor and charm as well as the volatility that made him one of the most notorious figures ever to emerge from the East End.

The Guv nor

The Guv nor
Author: Lenny McLean
Publsiher: Kings Road Publishing
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2013-01-15
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 9781843586784

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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 well-being. In his extraordinary autobiography, he tells of how the mafia flew him to New York to take on their greatest bareknuckle boxer in a multi-million 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 twenty-five 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.

Pretty Boy If I Come After You Beware Cos Hell s Coming With Me

Pretty Boy   If I Come After You Beware  Cos Hell s Coming With Me
Author: Roy Shaw
Publsiher: Kings Road Publishing
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2013-08-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781782190677

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Roy Shaw is the ultimate hardman, he has a cult status and commands a respect that few, even in the violent world he moves in, can equal. He was the original Guv'nor, and the great rival of Lenny McLean. Roy's words speak for themselves: I'm Roy Shaw. Maybe my name means nothing to you. Why should it? I'm no actor, no showman, no wannabe celebrity. I'm not loud or brash and I don't huff or puff or growl at anyone, but I live by a merciless code. For me violence is simply an accepted part of my profession - the profession of violence. I don't exaggerate the violence I have inflicted. I can't excuse it and I certainly won't apologise for it. If that makes me the devil, then the devil I am - I haven't got horns sticking out of my head or cloven hooves and a tail, but if you're unlucky enough to have me coming after you then beware - "cos hell's coming with me.

The Guv nor and Me

The Guv nor and Me
Author: John ‘The Neck’ Houchin,Lee Wortley,Anthony Thomas
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2021-01-07
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 9781473578821

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Don't cross The Neck. As the right-hand man to 'The Guv’nor' himself, Lenny McLean, John 'The Neck' Houchin is a living legend and is now telling his story for the first time. John trained daily with Lenny in the gym to achieve his huge bulk and neck, all 23 inches of it, required to frighten the hell out of troublemakers. As the enforcers for the Krays and the Richardsons, they worked together regularly over many years 'sorting out' whatever needed sorting. These are the mean streets of London back when swift justice as well as fearless loyalty were the order of the day. A new insider take from one of the most notorious characters of the time, this book is full of chippy dialogue, gangster banter, the biggest brawls, old school honour codes and pithy reflection on the changing times – from the hard men to the high life.

The Guvnor Tapes Lenny McLean s Unpublished Stories As Told By The Man Himself

The Guvnor Tapes   Lenny McLean s Unpublished Stories  As Told By The Man Himself
Author: Peter Gerrard
Publsiher: Kings Road Publishing
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2007-02-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781784184452

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"The Guv'nor" was a classic book that started an entire genre. It was the original and incredible true story of the world's greatest hard man, Lenny McLean. Ever since it was published, fans of Lenny have been clamouring to know more and more about this legendary figure. Now, at last, Lenny's co-author Peter Gerrard has gathered together the stories that Lenny told about his life that did not make it into the original book...Lenny McLean's life story is an inspirational one. A bare-knuckle fighter by profession, he was one of the most notorious figures ever to emerge from the East End of London. Whoever you were, if you did right by the Guv'nor, you'd have a friend for life; if you crossed him, it would be at your peril. His untimely death in 1998, following a battle against cancer, was a tragic loss for family and friends and left his legions of fans shocked and bereft.Now those fans have a unique opportunity to learn more about their hero. So packed with adventures, bouts, rucks and amazing stories was Lenny's life that it would have been impossible to fit his whole life into one book.Thanks to the conversations between Lenny and his 'book man' Peter Gerrard, the parts of his life that were not revealed before are now within these pages to be enjoyed and treasured by generations of his admirers.

My Dad the Guvnor

My Dad the Guvnor
Author: Kelly McLean
Publsiher: John Blake
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018
Genre: East End (London, England)
ISBN: 1786069199

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Lenny McLean, better known as The Guv'nor, was a legendary and sometimes terrifying figure: a bare-knuckle fighter, bouncer and, in later life, an actor. He was a formidable force in the East End and across London, but behind his towering demeanor was a loving father who provided a safe haven for his children. For his only daughter, Kelly, his status brought with it a reputation both to live up to, and sometimes escape. Kelly experienced the old East End way of life, often lived just outside the law, first-hand and equally the uncertainty that came with her father's mood swings and the "black dog" that followed him around, despite their close bond. The connection between father and daughter became even more apparent as Kelly began to battle her own mental health issues that, as a mom to two young children, would threaten to destroy her life. In this incredibly frank and poignant memoir, Kelly McLean provides a unique insight into life growing up as the daughter of one of the last old-school fighters, featuring many previously untold stories. This is the story of East End life from a woman who has seen it, lived it, and sometimes been plagued by it.

Edward Farris In His Own Words Farmer Student Hitchhiker Soldier Father Politician Lobbyist Traveler Kentuckian

Edward Farris  In His Own Words  Farmer  Student  Hitchhiker  Soldier  Father  Politician  Lobbyist  Traveler  Kentuckian
Author: Chad Evely
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 419
Release: 2018-05-15
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781732322813

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"At the insistent demand of [my granddaughters] and the Farris clan generally, with the microphone and recording device furnished by my dear friend, I am attempting to start on an extended investigation and reporting of my past and my present." With these words, Edward Farris began a fascinating 7.5-hour autobiographical audio recording: growing up in rural Kentucky in the 1920s, doing his part to liberate France in WWII, serving closely with two governors and so much more. Part 1 of this book contains Ed's wonderful story in his own unique voice. Marching across France as an infantryman towards the end of WWII, Ed was involved in many engagements, both major and minor. In 1998, he sat down with a retired army colonel and spent four and a half hours recounting in great detail the two most significant of these battles: when his entire battalion was trapped on the wrong side of the Moselle River with German tanks fast approaching; and when he was knocked out of the war by German artillery fire in Achain, France. Part 2 contains these thrilling first-hand accounts in which Ed explores the battles that raged around him and the turmoil that raged within. As executive secretary (now termed "chief of staff") to Governors Clements and Wetherby from 1948-1955, Ed was intimately involved in the inner workings of Kentucky state politics. Four different times, Ed sat down with interviewers seeking insight on Ed's experiences and the powerful men he was indispensable to. Part 3 contains all of the rich details and stories from these compelling conversations. He loved. He lost. He fought. He learned. He traveled. He raised four children and was beloved by eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Come take a journey and experience the unique, interesting story of this charming man's life, told in his own voice.