The Real Peaky Blinders: Billy Kimber, the Birmingham Gang and the Racecour…



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 Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampt…



Paperback. Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 336 Publisher: Penguin It’s 1979 I’m three years old and like all eakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair the Ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand. floral-patterned settee. and lean forward. like I’m presenting myself for execution. ‘For Sathnam Sanghera. growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand. these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes. Dallas on TV and. if…