The Guv'nor - A Tribute

Author: Peter Gerrard

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1782191518

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 5165


Lenny 'The Guv'nor' McLean has become a legend. A bare-knuckle fighter turned actor, he is a street hero whose legions of fans, since his death, have catapulted him to superstar status. His autobiography, The Guv'nor, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in hardback, was in the top-ten for well over a year, and was the number one bestselling autobiography of 1998. Amazingly, it looks set to repeat this accolade for 1999. The Guv'nor: A Tribute is a beautifully-produced picture book celebrating the life and achievements of everybody's favourite hard man. Packed with rare, never-before-seen photographs, it is compiled by Lenny's old friend and co-writer, tracing the course of his life from his early days in the East End, through his unparalleled fighting career with the likes of Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw. It focuses on his wife and children, whom he loved more than life itself, and for whom he would stop at nothing to ensure their well-being. In the wake of the phenomenal success of The Guv'nor, The Guv'nor: A Tribute promises to be the biggest-selling title of the new millennium.

The Guv'nor and Me

Author: John ‘The Neck’ Houchin,Lee Wortley,Anthony Thomas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473578825

Category: True Crime

Page: 208

View: 6952


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 Guv'nor - Through the Eyes of Others

Author: Anthony Thomas

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1786064146

Category: True Crime

Page: 300

View: 6694


Lenny McLean – fighter, actor, hard man, legend. One of the most notorious figures ever to emerge from the East End of London, he had a reputation that was held dear by his friends and associates and feared by his enemies. His life-story is now part of modern-day history, but for the millions of people wanting to know more about the great man, here, at last, is a compilation of stories and memories from those whose lives he touched. In this fantastic book, friends, family, colleagues and adversaries have all come together to share their memories of how they knew the great man and the part he played in their lives. Although a formidable fighter and a feared enemy, these first-hand accounts tell of a man who had a big heart, who was generous and who always had time for his friends. Anthony Thomas has spent years collating these original accounts of what it meant to be a friend and associate of the Guv’nor. The famous, the infamous, family and friends all have a chance to share their memories. Affectionate, Funny and incisive, this is a book that all Lenny fans will treasure, and which no Guv’nor aficionado should be without.

The Guv'nor Revealed - The Untold Story of Lenny McLean

Author: Anthony Thomas,Lee Wortley

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1786068532

Category: True Crime

Page: 300

View: 6325


Lenny McLean - an infamous name, but forever a legend. He is arguably one of the most notorious and feared prize-fighters this country has ever produced. Not only was he a mountain of a man and a true fighter, feared on the streets of gangland London and outside the clubs whose doors he manned in the heart of the capital, he was also an old-school East Ender, who took pride in operating on a gentleman's code despite the often-dangerous world he lived in. His life was cut all-too-short, just as it was taking a new, previously unimaginable direction after his role in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels but he remains loved by those who knew him. The Guv'nor Revealed uncovers parts of Lenny McLean's life not previously explored, with shared memories from his close friends, family and various other acquaintances who crossed his path one way or another during his lifetime. Lenny McLean was one of a kind; infamous for his brute strength but also loved for his protective heart. Collated from years of interviews, Lee Wortley and Anthony Thomas bring you an array of thrilling, and often touching and amusing, testimonies from those closest to him and a new insight into the life of The Guv'nor.

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

Author: Peter Gerrard

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1786068249

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 5138


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.

My Dad, The Guv'nor - The True Story of My Life with the Legendary Hard Man, Lenny McLean

Author: Kelly McLean

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1789460417

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5571


'I am the Guv'nor's daughter - but what does that mean?' 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 demeanour 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 mum 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.

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

Author: Peter Gerrard

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1784184454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 7722


"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.

The Guvnor

Author: Gordon F. Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction in English

Page: 334

View: 6499


The New Guv'nor

Author: Norman Buckland,Lee Wortley,Anthony Thomas

Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 1786750716

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 2116


"He's the toughest street fighter alive." Freddie Foreman Picture a man, he’s tall, not excessively so, yet as wide as he is high. This man is a spitting and growling street brawler; a tank full of ready to blow, muscle-fuelled aggression. Imagine, if you will, the comic book style Bulldog of Great British stamp. Well, there you have him! The prototypical face taken from the terraces of an ’80s football fan’s rolled-up newspaper cosh; a poster-boy of malevolence left over from Thatcher’s post-punk Britain. Stormin’ Norman’s his name and when this storm is erupting, he’s like a force-nine gale fused with a hurricane. In his heyday, Norman saw off a plethora of gangland minders, and with his own style of hands-on education, taught Glasgow’s prolific hitman, Billy McPhee, the laws of the Guv’nor’s land. He’s the Godfather of Aylesbury, former British Bare-Knuckle Champion, and undefeated European Boxing Federation ‘Guv’nor’. The loveable lunatic with the heart of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Yes, this my accidental friends, is the new Guv’nor. He is the man who rebuked many a heathen, but was also everyone’s friend, and for all the right reasons. So, settle in with your favourite tipple, and let us regale you with a lifetime of fronting the doors, righting wrongs, and brutal bare-knuckle tear-ups.