Our Story

Our Story The Sunday Times Top Ten BestsellerThe Kray twins were Britain s most notorious gangsters Ruling London s underworld for than a decade as gang lords they were among the most powerful and feared men i

  • Title: Our Story
  • Author: Reggie Kray Ronnie Kray Fred Dinenage
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Sunday Times Top Ten BestsellerThe Kray twins were Britain s most notorious gangsters Ruling London s underworld for than a decade, as gang lords they were among the most powerful and feared men in the city Photographed by David Bailey and even interviewed for television, they became celebrities in their own right and are infamous to this day.Ronnie and Reg s reThe Sunday Times Top Ten BestsellerThe Kray twins were Britain s most notorious gangsters Ruling London s underworld for than a decade, as gang lords they were among the most powerful and feared men in the city Photographed by David Bailey and even interviewed for television, they became celebrities in their own right and are infamous to this day.Ronnie and Reg s reign of terror ended on 8 March 1969 when they were sentenced to life with the recommendation that they serve at least thirty years Ronnie ended his days in Broadmoor his raging insanity only controlled by massive doses of drugs Reg served almost three decades in some of Britain s toughest jails before being released on compassionate grounds in August 2000 He died of cancer eight months later.Compiled from a series of interviews with Fred Dinenage from behind prison walls, Our Story is the classic account that explodes the myths surrounding the Kray twins In it, the twins set the record straight In their own words they tell the full story of their brutal career of crime and their years behind bars With a new introduction from Fred Dinenage, this compelling, disturbing and highly readable book is the definitive story of two legendary criminals.

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    1. I know why I prefer fiction - real people are so boring lol! No that is unfair - there is some interesting info in this book but there are just too many names and dates that I am frankly not interested in.I wanted a bit more insight into the Krays thoughts and feelings - what motivated them in a bit more depth.I just got bored and could only manage 60% - this 'factual' style of writing is not for me.

    2. Reg and Ron Kray Our Story as presented by Fred Dinenage (presenter and broadcaster) is almost a “fly on the wall” journey through their violent and somewhat sad and most certainly wasted life. It is a real taste of London of the 60’s and a look into the lives of the crooks and gangsters who made a living by intimidation and murderous intent.The greatest influence and love of their live was their mum Violet certainly not their dad Charlie who was akin to a James Beck (Dad’s Army) figurea [...]

    3. Very good in parts but a little meh in parts.i guess I was just content reading the gruesome parts of running the London underworld and not the other bits!Overall though,a good insight into their entire life;growing up,being a gangster and then prison life.

    4. Reg and Ron Kray Our Story as presented by Fred Dinenage (presenter and broadcaster) is almost a “fly on the wall” journey through their violent and somewhat sad and most certainly wasted life. It is a real taste of London of the 60’s and a look into the lives of the crooks and gangsters who made a living by intimidation and murderous intent. The greatest influence and love of their live was their mum Violet certainly not their dad Charlie who was akin to a James Beck (Dad’s Army) figure [...]

    5. This is definitely the last book I read on the Krays so I thought I would let them have the last word.From their own mouths (with help from Fred Dineage), this book is engaging, informative and unapologetic.This work of non fiction collects two crime brothers' reflections of who they are, who they WERE, where they are now and where they may be remaining for the rest of their lives. (At time of writing, of course, both Ronnie and Reggie have passed on).What comes across most strongly for me is a [...]

    6. I've always been fascinated by The Krays. This has in no way been dulled by Tom Hardy playing them both in the film Legend last year. Also was intrigued by the fact that it was pulled together by Fred Dinenage, a TV presenter from my childhood on TVS and Coast to Coast. So, it seemed like a good purchase on Kindle Daily Deals. Enjoyed it, and as long as you can get over the endless lists of people that Reggie in particular fills his chapters with (the reason I docked a star) then it is an intere [...]

    7. interesting insight into the twins. I feel they've paid their price and should've seen freedom before they died

    8. I wasn't going to post a review for this on my blog, as it doesn't match the other books I have written about on there so far, but I think I will have to because 1. The psychologist in me has so much to say & 2. Because as a regular person this book has given me a lot to think about in regards to our justice system. My GoodReads review won't be the same as my blog review so I'll post a link when I've written it. Due to my age, before this read, I didn't know much about Reg & Ronnie Kray, [...]

    9. A compelling account which follows the lives of the Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, from their childhood, to their peak, and, ultimately, to their downfall. With information attained by Fred Dinenage from interviews that took place behind prison bars with the twins, the book is to serve as a way for Reg and Ron to set the record straight once and for all by dispelling myths and correcting inaccuracies surrounding their lives, which were documented so poorly before now. This is the definitive st [...]

    10. The story of two of the most infamous London gangsters: the Kray twins Reginald and Ronnie. Along with Fred Dinenage from the children's TV programme How? The twins tell of their early East End life through to adulthood and how they became the most feared London gangsters. Each twin tells of their most infamous deed, namely Ronnie's killing of George Cornell and Reg's killing of Jack 'the hat' McVitie. They also both tell of what life is like at Broadmoor for Ronnie and firstly Durham, Parkhurst [...]

    11. Serves as an interesting and in depth insight into the very human minds of the men who, over the years, have often become sensationalised and turned into legend. However it doesn't necessarily provide a trusty account of certain events, especially with the time that's passed since the publishing of this book. Enjoyable read and really poses many questions into the effectiveness of the prison system today.

    12. Not particularly well put together. Both very unpleasant self serving men. Though I think they have a point that their name kept them locked up. Now a days they would have probably done 20 years Still made me laugh that they really thought protection rackets an ok thing

    13. Loved this book. Found them both psychologically fascinating. I'm not usually into gangsters, but I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    14. Not particularly informative about the Krays. More a general discussion of crime in the 50s. More questions than answers.

    15. BrilliantWas an amazing read. A real truthful insight in the life of the kray twins. Would really recommend this for a good read.

    16. Absolutely fantastic book! Couldn't put it down! Would read it over and over. It's a brilliant book, very intriguing and an eye opener for anyone interested in the krays. 10/10 would recommend

    17. I'm not usually a fan of biographies but the Kray twins have such a monumental reputation that I was intrigued to find out about their lives from their own words.It gave me pretty much everything I wanted: the childhoods, rise to fame, celebrity status, and eventual downfall. Writing from their prison cells maybe meant parts were looked back upon with rose-tinted glasses, but it's clear that they both had relatively happy childhoods and adored their mother.Published in 1988, before both Ron and [...]

    18. This book is written by the two infamous gangsters from behind the prison walls. Once I started reading I was transfixed, I could not put the book down! I have read and watched many things about these men so it was nice to be able to listen to their point of view and how they looked at their history. Of course you have to take into consideration that these two men still wanted to get free and therefore may have still been hiding crimes and saying that others are lying about certain things, despi [...]

    19. This was fascinating to read, I've always had an interest in the Kray Twins - watched movies and documentaries about them also reading into the small amount of business that they did in the area near where I live. You really got a good insight into them and not what people had made up or written about them elsewhere. You find out what actually happened and what didn't and it was amazing the number of friendships they had with unlikely people. In the end and this may be a very unpopular opinion b [...]

    20. This book takes you straight back to a time that has been lost in history, which has been brilliantly written considering this was undertaken as an interview by the author on his visits to Reginald Kray. I also liked the very few moments of humour that are given in the book snippets of East End humour - especially when the Krays escape and go to Southend for the day and they found it in there wit to send a postcard back to those who are looking for them. The Krays were feared by all in the crimi [...]

    21. I've been weirdly fascinated by the Kray twins for a long time, but this is the first book I've read about them. Our Story is the book written by the horses' mouth; Reggie and Ronnie Kray themselves put their lives and criminal careers into their own words, followed by their time in Broadmoor and Parkhurst prisons. It's very honest; they don't deny any of their crimes and put right many stories that have been misconstrued by various enemies and by the press and media. Strangely, they come across [...]

    22. It was really interesting reading the Krays' own accounts of their lives and chapters on specific incidents. They each got 30 years for one specific murder each but I did wonder if the sentences were so high because of the crimes they were known to have committed but were not convicted for. Neither regretted killing the person they were in prison for killing, interestingly enough, and both were annoyed by people lying about them (understandably). Worth reading for a quick insight into two very i [...]

    23. Interesting read.Lots to be said about it, but difficult without spoiling the read as much as it can be spoiled for a biography.Amusingly reading it cleared a few things up regarding terms used in Guy Richie movies :P

    24. really enjoying this so far 45 pages in. worth it.I have finished it a while ago but forgot to save it. it's really good as I know a lot about the Krays, but this was the tip of the iceberg answered so many questions.

    25. Very interesting read Really gave you food for thought . Very interesting for those that like real life crime autobiographies . Glad I have read it . Allows you to create your own perception of right and wrong .

    26. This is a really interesting read. Of course it is a biased account of the Krays dealings, but at times you can understand their plights. Other people did commit worse crimes and get lesser sentences.

    27. I didn't know too much about the Kray twins prior to reading this and although I found it quite interesting because it was an Autobiography written by a convicted criminal you don't know how much of it is actually the truth.

    28. Amazing. To have the insight of the twins, I absolutely loved it. If you want to know the truth about the Krays, which I believe is represented in these books, then you should definitely read this book.

    29. I enjoyed reading the Kray story from their perspective but know there are a lot of bits missing. It was written at a time when Reggie was trying to be seen by the parole board so they were not going to endanger that.

    30. Great book, one of the better ones I've read about the Krays. Quick and easy read full of frank and honest interviews. If you're interested in this subject I recommend this book!

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