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The Krays' London (Paperback)

A History and Guide

British History True Crime London P&S History England

By Caroline Allen
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 136
Illustrations: 80
ISBN: 9781526733818
Published: 7th October 2019

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There are many conflicting stories about who Ronnie and Reggie Kray were.

Films depicting their lives have made the public vilify them, adore them and even admire them. This guide book will dig a little deeper into the places they spent their time. Many of the places are renowned as the stomping grounds of the devious duo, but there are one or two exclusives that are not yet covered anywhere else, including the untold story of their lifelong hairdresser.

Chapter by chapter, a map of their lives will reveal itself, making this the perfect read for anybody around the world interested in London’s gangster scene.

Ronnie and Reggie Kray terrorised London in the 1950's. The book gives some background information to the areas where the crimes were committed. There is also some photographs of the places so this give the reader more of an insight. The book is well written and researched. Fans of true crime will love this book.

NetGalley, Louise Wilson

I found this book very interesting. It details lots that I didn’t know about their life.
It’s well written and worth a read.

NetGalley, Tracey Shults

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I only know little bits about the Krays so this book was a great introduction , lots of details, history and locations. Pictures that go with well together with the material, well researched and executed. I thought it was a great book and good introduction for someone like me who didn’t know lots about the Krays.

NetGalley, Tara Keating

The Krays London by Caroline Allen is a walk though London in the areas where the Notorious Kray Twins were located.

It gives some background with each place as to the history of the Krays at the time they were in the areas noted. There are photos of the places as well so this brings the book to life. The book has been well researched and is written well.

An interesting read and if you enjoy true crime it is one not to miss.

NetGalley, Hazel Thomson

This is a guide to all places Kray involved when it comes to London for anyone who is a fan or interested in them. It covers everything from where they went to school, the places they lived and the gym they boxed in growing up, to all of their favorite haunts, whether for pie and eel, or other delicacies and where they liked to go on a night out. They opened their first club at age 20, The Regal in 1954. Other clubs would follow. They used them as a place to hang out with their cronies and discuss their criminal dealings.

I found it quite interesting, the background and the anecdotes on the twins themselves that are weaved throughout. If you have an interest in the Krays or East End crime in this period, you might want to check this out then.

NetGalley, Valerie Shampine

Well written, liked the photos. All round good read.

NetGalley, Cennin Thomas

If you are interested in the Kray twins or crime in East London then this book is for you. If you are interested in this aspect of British or London history during the 1950s and 1960s it might also be of interest.

NetGalley, Vicki Parsons

I am a massive true crime fan and a book on the infamous Kray twin was always going to be right up my street!

I thought that this book was excellent and such a good way to use the different locations in the book as a way to tell their story. I liked that the author has given the locations should you want to visit them and also added in photos where possible too which helps bring it to life.

I thought that the length of the chapters was great too, there was plenty of relevant detail and it allowed me to find out more if I wanted to outside of the book, there are a lot of books out there on the Krays but this one I found to be unique in the author’s approach taken.

It is 4 stars from me for this one, I really enjoyed the layout and the length of the book was perfect for me! Highly recommended!!

NetGalley, Donna Maguire

I had never heard of these two before, so I was curious to learn about them. This book is really well done and research. You could tell that the author put a lot of thought in the topic.

NetGalley, Kay McLeer

I really enjoyed this book. The information was very informative. The pictures gave you a look at the past and how places of interest are now.
Would recommend this title to others

NetGalley, Sally Dainton

About Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen is an author and journalist. Her grandfather cut the hair of the Kray twins for ten years and was even picked up and taken to ‘secret locations’ whilst they were on the run. Caroline has spent her life researching and hearing stories about them and would like to share her knowledge to help people build a picture of the real Kray twins.

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