The Real Peaky Blinders

Author: Carl Chinn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781858585307

Category: Birmingham (England)

Page: 112

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Stylish and dark, the BBC series the 'Peaky Blinders' is set in the backstreets of Birmingham after the First World War and tells of the rise to power of Thomas Shelby and his criminal gang. Yet the real stories behind these fictional characters are just as dramatic, bloody and compelling as the TV series. Thomas Shelby's arch enemy Billy Kimber was in real life a Brummie from Summer Lane. He was a feared fighter with an astute mind and magnetic personality which earned him the leadership of the Birmingham Gang that dominated the highly profitable protection rackets of the racecourses of England. The members of this gang had once been 'sloggers' or 'peaky blinders' and their rise to supremacy was attributable to their viciousness and to Kimber's shrewd alliances with other gangs. But they soon incurred the envy of the Sabini Gang of London who fought violently to oust Kimber and his men and take over their rackets. The Birmingham Gang battled back fiercely in the infamous and blood-stained racecourse wars of the 1920s. This Birmingham Gang led by Billy Kimber were the Real Peaky Blinders and this is their story.

Peaky Blinders

Author: Carl Chinn

Publisher: Dino Books

ISBN: 9781789461725

Category:

Page: 320

View: 764


Peaky Blinders - The Real Story of Birmingham's most notorious gangs

Author: Carl Chinn

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1789461731

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 1686


THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The Peaky Blinders as we know them, thanks to the hit TV series, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps, as they fight bloody gangland wars involving Irish terrorists and the authorities led by a devious Home Secretary, Winston Churchill. But who were the real Peaky Blinders? Did they really exist? Well-known social historian, broadcaster and author, Carl Chinn, has spent decades searching them out. Now he reveals the true story of the notorious Peaky Blinders, one of whom was his own great grandfather and, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in back-street Birmingham. In this gripping social history, Chinn shines a light on the rarely reported struggles of the working class in one of the great cities of the British Empire before the First World War. The story continues after 1918 as some Peaky Blinders transformed into the infamous Birmingham Gang. Led by the real Billy Kimber, they fought a bloody war with the London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over valuable protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming postwar racecourses of Britain. Drawing together a remarkably wide-range of original sources, including rarely seen images of real Peaky Blinders and interviews with relatives of the 1920s gangsters, Peaky Blinders: The Real Story adds a new dimension to the true history of Birmingham's underworld and fact behind its fiction.

Peaky Blinders: The Legacy - The real story of Britain’s most notorious 1920s gangs

Author: Carl Chinn

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 1789462940

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 9224


From the Sunday Times bestselling author, Carl Chinn The Peaky Blinders as we know them, thanks to the hit TV series, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family have become cult anti-heroes. Well-known social historian, broadcaster and author, Carl Chinn, revealed the true story of the notorious gang in his bestselling Peaky Blinders: The Real Story and now in this follow-up book, he explores the legacy they created in Birmingham and beyond. What happened to them and their gangland rivals? In Peaky Blinders: The Legacy we revisit the world of Billy Kimber's Peaky Blinders, exploring their legacy throughout the 1920s and 30s, and how their burgeoning empires spread across the UK. Delve into the street wars across the country, the impact of the declaration of War on Gangs by the Home Secretary after The Racecourse War in 1921, and how black-market bookmaking gave way to new and daring opportunities for the likes of Sabini, Alfie Solomon and some new faces in the murky gangland underworld. Drawing on Carl's inimitable research, interviews and original sources, find out just what happened to this incredible cast of characters, revealing the true legacy of the Peaky Blinders.

PEAKY BLINDERS

Author: CARL. CHINN

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781789464511

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 4660


Peaky Blinders: The Aftermath

Author: Carl Chinn

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 1789464528

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 857


From the Sunday Times bestselling author, Carl Chinn As Britain emerges into the mid-twentieth century, change is afoot. Cities are beginning to shift from smog-filled industrial hubs to more efficient metropolitan centres of commerce and, despite the country once again being blighted by war, society is beginning to shift towards a more modern, forward-thinking era. But change is not only limited to regular men and women; under the shifting tides of development, the criminal underbelly, too, is evolving, anxious for new avenues of exploitation and expansion . . . And so, in the third instalment of his best-selling series, historian Carl Chinn examines this new era in the landscape of Britain's gangs. After the violent reign of the Peaky Blinders, the intimidation of the Birmingham gang and frequent gang wars up and down the country, from the wreckage new groups are emerging with new ways of making money and causing trouble, and, like those who came before them, they leave havoc and destruction in their wake. Peaky Blinders: The Aftermath will bring this new generation of criminals into focus. And up and down the length of the country, from the dog tracks to the pubs of the East End, it delves into the murky world of the country's most villainous criminals.

The Peaky Blinders Compendium

Author: Peaky Blinders

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529347734

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 4265


From the clothes to the cars, the customs and, of course, the caps, this is a celebration of the swagger and cool of the Shelby family enterprise and the era that made their name. The Peaky Blinders Compendium is an in-depth alphabetical guide to everything from the dress-sense to the drinking dens, the high houses, haircuts, jewellery, gypsy traditions and even the political ideals. It's also packed with practical guides throughout, whether you're aspiring to make your own backroom gin or seeking to pick up a period pocket watch. Providing deep cultural, sartorial and historical insight, this is an entertaining, informative and essential guide for the Peaky Blinder enthusiast or anyone in search of a razor sharp edge to their identity.

By Order of the Peaky Blinders

Author: Matt Allen

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454936060

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 9280


Peaky Blinders inspires a cult-like devotion in its viewers, who range from teens emulating the show's hairstyles to discerning consumers of quality drama. Containing exclusive imagery from the show as well as essays by the cast and creators, this stylish volume invites fans to step onto the set. Discover the real-life inspiration for the series; explore its key themes, characters, and plots; and learn more about the actors, creative teams, and soundtracks that have made it a worldwide phenomenon.