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‘The Great Train Robbery’ by Nick Russell-Pavier & Stewart Richards
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 10
January 2013. ISBN: 978-0-2978-6439-4
In 1963 sixteen men
robbed a mail train of over £2.5 million pounds – an inordinate amount of money
at that time. The crime has captured the public imagination and there was much
sympathy for gang. It was in the early hours of Thursday 8th August
that this motley crew of criminals assembled and walked, or stumbled, into
history. The media immediately called it the ‘Crime of the Century.’
Myths and legends have grown up over the years and this book dispels most of
well researched book sets out the real story in great detail. Was there a
‘mastermind?’ Who were the five men who were never caught? Was the plan that
good? In fact luck played a large part. The authors take us through the robbery
in great detail, addressing the myths and legends that have grown up since the
event. Most people I meet think that the train driver Jack Mills was shot, he
was not. Mills sustained his worst head injury as he slipped. Biggsie wasn’t
big; he played a very small part. Interestingly, the police never found any
evidence to connect any of the men to the crime scene.
fact the security on the train was, virtually non-existent - no bars on the
windows or locks on the doors. Which begs the question, why did no one rob a
mail train before? The book gives details of the trials, with twelve different
appendixes giving lists of all the evidence and what happened to the people involved.
want to know everything there is to know about this crime I can definitely
recommend this book. Was this the crime of the century? Make up your own mind.
Reviewer: Sue Lord
Nick Russell-Pavier & Stewart Richards
is a writer, dramatist, TV and film composer and producer. He is regularly
featured across the media as an authority on the Great Train Robbery. Recent
appearances include the ITV 'Exposure' documentary after the 'Mrs Biggs' Drama
serial last autumn; Talk Radio Europe; Nick was interviewed by Eddie Mair on
Radio 4's PM programme; Radio 5 live and ITV news following the death of gang
member Bruce Reynolds in February 2013. He is due to appear extensively in a
cinema release documentary film later this year as well as in the next BBC2
series of Michael Portillo's 'Great British Railway Journey's'.
Stewart Richards has worked
extensively in the media as a film producer and television executive, as well
as producing drama programmes for BBC Radio 4. He established the audiobook
publisher (Mr Punch Audio). He is married, has four children and lives in Oxford.
Sue Lord originally studied Fine Art and Art History, her MA
is in Creative Writing. She now, revues, teaches, mentors and script doctors.
She lives in central London and Cornwall. Her favourite
pastime is gardening.