Crossing the Line

The Autobiography of a Thief

Author: Bruce Reynolds

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited


Category: Thieves

Page: 328

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August 8th 1963; a railway track in Buckinghamshire. The moon shines clearly over Bruce Reynolds and 16 other men robbing a mail train of its sacks of money. The Great Train Robbery has entered British folklore as one of the most audacious crimes of the 20th century. The haul was u2,631,684 - the equivalent in 2002, u26 million. Bruce Reynolds, the leader of the gang, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1969 for his role in the robbery - he was released in 1978."

The Autobiography of a Thief

The Man Behind the Great Train Robbery

Author: Bruce Reynolds

Publisher: Virgin Publishing


Category: Thieves

Page: 420

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8 August 1963; a railway track in Buckinghamshire. The moon shines clearly over Bruce Reynolds and sixteen other men robbing a train of its sacks of money. The Great Train Robbery has entered British folklore as one of the most audacious and extraordinary crimes of the twentieth century. The haul £2,631,684 - is, in todays money, a staggering £26 million. Bruce Reynolds, the leader of the gang, was sentenced to 25 years in prison; even the Commissioner of the Met, Sir Robert Mark, thought that excessive. On its first publication in 1995 Bruce Reynolds autobiography was widely acclaimed and it is now regarded as a classic in the true crime genre. Now reissued with a new introduction and final chapter, the story is brought up to date to include the return of Ronnis Biggs to the UK, the deaths of Buster Edwards, Roy James and Taters Chatham and the continuing story of Reynolds life since his release from jail, as well as dozens of previously unseen photographs.

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp

Author: William Henry Davies

Publisher: SEVERUS Verlag


Category: Fiction

Page: 316

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What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?' (LEISURE BY W.H. DAVIES) Loneliness and criminality determined William Henry Davies’ childhood and teenage-years. At the age of 22 he decided to leave Wales for America to chance his luck abroad. But getting there was not as easy as expected. At that point in time, he became a tramp. In his best-known work THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SUPER-TRAMP, Davies tells the story of his lifetime. He explains in a very intimate and touching way what it is like to grow up in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. Furthermore, he describes how he felt during his vagabond life and what made him settle back in the UK. After all, Davies develops into the most popular poet of his time.

Autobiography of a thief

Author: Andrew Keith Munro

Publisher: Michael Joseph


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 157

View: 533

Story of a Soul The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux [The Authorized English Translation of Thérèse's Original Unaltered Manuscripts]

Third Edition Translated from the Original Manuscripts

Author: St. Thérèse of Lisieux (the Little Flower)

Publisher: ICS Publications


Category: Religion

Page: 300

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Translated from the critical edition by John Clarke, OCD, 3rd ed. (1997). Includes Bibliography, general Index, and 11 photos. Two and a half years before her death in 1897 at the age of 24, as Thérèse Martin began writing down her childhood memories at the request of her blood sisters in the Lisieux Carmel, few could have guessed the eventual outcome. Yet this "story of my soul," first published in 1898 in a highly edited version, quickly became a modern spiritual classic, read by millions and translated into dozens of languages around the world. Decades later, in response to growing requests from scholars and devotees of the Saint, a facsimile edition of the manuscripts appeared, along with more popular French editions of what the Saint had actually written. Here, expressed with all of Thérèse's original spontaneity and fervor, we rediscover the great themes of her spirituality: confidence and love, the "little way," abandonment to God's merciful love, and her "mission" in the church and world today. Father John Clarke's acclaimed translation, first published in 1975 and now accepted as the standard throughout the English-speaking world, is a faithful and unaffected rendering of Thérèse's own words, from the original manuscripts. This new edition, prepared for the centenary of the Saint's death, includes a select bibliography of recent works in English on Thérèse, along with a new referencing system now widely used in studies of her doctrine.

A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York

Author: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 502

"A remarkable tale."—Chicago Tribune In George Appo's world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On a good night Appo made as much as a skilled laborer made in a year. Bad nights left him with more than a dozen scars and over a decade in prisons from the Tombs and Sing Sing to the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he reunited with another inmate, his father. The child of Irish and Chinese immigrants, Appo grew up in the notorious Five Points and Chinatown neighborhoods. He rose as an exemplar of the "good fellow," a criminal who relied on wile, who followed a code of loyalty even in his world of deception. Here is the underworld of the New York that gave us Edith Wharton, Boss Tweed, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Black Beauty

The Autobiography of a Horse

Author: Anna Sewell

Publisher: Mind Melodies


Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 984

This novel, first published in 1877, recounts the different incidents in the life of Black Beauty, a horse. Describing many tales of cruelty and kindness that he met, it contains a lesson related to the kindness, sympathy and understanding treatment of horses. Although not originally intended as a children's novel, it soon became a children's classic. With over 50 million copies sold, it is one of the best-selling books of all time.