By Noel 'Razor' Smith

ISBN-10: 0141910070

ISBN-13: 9780141910079

As a gun-wielding financial institution robber, Noel 'Razor' Smith used to be best of the legal tree, having fun with the thrill and advantages of a deadly and adrenalin-filled occupation. yet he'd additionally spent the higher a part of his grownup existence in felony, an atmosphere the place recognize and uncomplicated survival have been assured merely to these ready to exploit the main brutal violence. In his new ebook, Smith takes the tale on from his hugely acclaimed memoir a couple of variety phrases and a Loaded Gun, and describes how he got here to achieve that the sport wasn't well worth the candle. In his mid-forties he utilized to go into Grendon, then the one criminal in Britain supplying severe healing therapy to hardened criminals. He went from a brutal high-security criminal, HMP Whitemoor, to an establishment the place he was once inspired to enquire simply why his lifestyles have been given over to violence and crime. Smith paints an unforgettable portrait of the hardened and significantly broken inmates of Grendon, lots of them to blame of recognized crimes, and their makes an attempt to show around their lives. And particularly his personal onerous five-year trip to re-enter society as a immediately citizen.

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In 1948 my father went to Adelaide. He had just got out of the army and had been stringing wires at Woomera Rocket Range as a signaller. He was slim and tanned with a mop of red curls and beautiful brown eyes. A friend of his, a boxer called Ray Dunn (also known as Killer), had had a disagreement with John Wren, the crime lord of the time, and felt that trying his luck in another city for a while might be wise, so he and my dad palled up. They stayed in Adelaide for almost a year. In December 1948, my dad told me, the body of a man was found at the bottom of the steps on Somerton Beach.

Scissors, a cut-down table knife, a stencilling brush, orange Barbour’s waxed thread and a tie. Some of the items from Somerton Man’s suitcase, found in a locker at Central Railway Station, Adelaide. The police began another vigorous rummage through public libraries and bookshops hoping to find the actual book from which the page was torn. Amazingly, on 22 July, Mr Ronald Francis remembered that his brother-in-law had left a copy of The Rubaiyat in the glove box of his Hillman Minx. When he called to enquire, he was told that his brother-in-law had found the book on the floor of the car and put it tidily in the glove box.

He had only three small scars on his body – no tattoos, barcode or other marks. The absence of tattoos is significant because most working men at that time had tattoos. My father had lots. I used to call him the illustrated man, from a Ray Bradbury story he gave me to read when I was eight. My father’s first tattoo, a black cat was on his inner wrist, placed there when he was underage with a forged permission from his own father. There were two hula girls, one on each thigh. A full rigged ship on his arm.

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