Written by an investigative journalist, this book looks at professional killers, the people who hire them, and those who die at their hands. Among the true stories described are the story of the ultimate hitman, Carlos the Jackal, and how he was eventually brought to justice; the mother who hired a hitman to murder the wife of the son she could not bear to lose; and the story of Northern Ireland terrorist turned hitman Michael Boyle, whose hit on Jimmy Brindle, the infamous South London criminal, was captured on camera by police as he tried to execute his plan.
Melissa Bell is the mother of X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. But her own life story is even more remarkable that that of her daughter and is truly inspiring in its own right. From the age of four, music filled every corner of Melissa's life: she could play the piano, was constantly singing and even ran her own 'radio station' from the upstairs window of the house, calling out to passers-by and begging them to stop and listen. It was when Melissa saw the 14-year-old Lena Zavaroni performing on Opportunity Knocks that she knew her life's dream was to be a singer. Her break in the music world came when she was spotted at a talent show at the Hackney Empire. She became the singer in Jazzy B's group Soul II Soul and her huge talent led to life-changing events such as performing at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley, singing with Whitney Houston and performing on stage with Stevie Wonder - as well as going to church with him one Sunday! But the happiness Melissa found in her music was not mirrored in her personal life. Her marriage to childhood sweetheart David Burke fell apart when she discovered that he had been unfaithful to her. Left to bring up four children on her own, times were hard and, when Alex was small, Melissa recalls how they had to delve down the back of the sofa for change to buy bread and milk. The demands of singing and bringing up a young family could not co-exist and Melissa gave up her passion to be there for her kids. Her dreams of stardom were reignited when Alex was successful in getting through to the X Factor finals and was ultimately crowned the winner of the show. Behind the scenes, however, Melissa was dealing with the devastating news that her kidneys were failing. When Alex was on the verge of entering X Factor bootcamp, Melissa collapsed and was rushed to hospital; she then received the devasting news that she would need regular dialysis to stay alive. This is the fascinating and poignant story of a mother who has battled against the odds to give her children the best life possible and afford them the opportunities that she herself had to sacrifice. As Melissa waits to hear if she will be successful in her quest for a kidney donor, she strives to keep her independence, stay strong for her children and help those with similar problems. She is a shining example of a woman for whom giving up is simply not an option.
In the bestselling Deadlier Than The Male and Female of the Species, Wensley Clarkson revealed the terrifying truth of the horror that women can inflict upon their men. Now he brings you a new volume that is more compelling than ever before. The horrifying truth of the world's most dangerous women is revealed in these pages. They come from every cross section of society, and whether young or old, rich or poor, they are united by one thing - murder. This is a collection of darkly readable tales, and if they make you feel uncomfortable then remember that they are made all the more sinister by the fact that each one is completely true...
A fascinating and fun volume providing concise answers to hundreds of the questions we all ponder from time to time and also sets us straight about many things that most of us assume to be true, giving us the often surprising low down on an astonishing variety of topics. Essential reading for any lover of learned knowledge combined with memorable trivia!
Jade's life changed forever on the day she entered the Big Brother house in May 2002, and things have never been the same since. TV glamour was a far cry from her life growing up in Bermondsey, where Jade had taken on the role of 'carer' for her disabled mum from an early age. With her father in prison, she didn't have an easy childhood, and one of her first memories was waking up, aged six, and dragging her mum out of their burning house when it caught fire. She discusses what really happened under the Big Brother sheets with PJ on live TV, meeting Jeff Brazier and falling pregnant (twice), as well as struggling to conquer a dangerous eating disorder. Always with her children, Bobby and Freddy, in mind, Jade went back to college in 2003, qualified as a beauty therapist, and established her own salon. There have been many trials and tribulations along the way, but that's how things often were for Jade, and she took it all in her stride. Heart-rending, hilarious and shockingly revealing. This book gives a fascinating insight into Jade's extraordinary life.
The horrific murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman shocked and sickened the nation. The man found guilty of their murders is now one of the most reviled men in the country. As if his crime was not dreadful enough, he has recently admitted that he lied under oath about the circumstances of one of the murders. This in-depth book is written by investigative journalist Nathan Yates, who witnessed the murder hunt first-hand and even interviewed Huntley and former girlfriend Maxine Carr. Yates also has an exclusive source for contact with Ian Huntley and will have further revelations about how far Huntley has lied about what happened that tragic day.
When Kate Kray wrote" Pretty Boy, " she interviewed scores of people. Almost without exception, as she was leaving, they would say to her, "I'll tell you something about Roy--but don't tell him I told you..." These stories were too shocking and close to the bone to include without Roy's permission, and now that permission has been granted. "Roy Shaw Unleashed" is a collection of those stories, as told by Roy himself and those close to him. It includes true stories of murder and violence, and the final truth about his famous fights with Lenny "The Guv'nor" McLean.
John Bindon is a modern legend. A fine screen presence and a powerful figure in London's underworld, his film-star looks, charm and talent brought him worldwide exposure. His story reads like the plot of a movie which Big John himself might have landed a part in. Usually typecast in tough-guy roles, his on-screen persona was chillingly close to the real-life one. Big John's nickname came from his status as a legendary sexual performer, so it was no surprise that his encounters with stunning women, most famously Princess Margaret, led to numerous high profile relationships. But most of all, Big John was a warm-hearted, complex man, utterly devoted to those who have him respect and always prepared to be the last line of defence to those closest to him. He emerged from a poor, working class London childhood and fraternised with the Krays and the Richardsons, but eventually turned his back on crime to play major parts in films such as Mick Jagger's Performance, "The Who's Quadrophenia" and Michael Caine's "Get Carter". This is the a truly moving book, as powerful as The Guv'nor, about a man who was many different things to many people, but never anything but himself.
In 2004 Maggie Lane fell to her death from the cliffs at Beachy Head. While trying to come to terms with this tragic event, her husband, Keith, sought solace by going back to the spot from which she had jumped. It was whilst visiting the cliff top that he saw a woman about to throw herself over the edge - Keith took the time to persuade her not to do it. From this moment onwards Keith made it his mission to patrol the area in the hope of saving lives. In four years Keith has saved 29 people from committing suicide at Beachy Head - even climbing down 15ft over the edge to rescue a woman who had slipped having changed her mind about taking her life. Dedicated and determined, Keith tells of his own personal despair and how, in his darkest hour, he wanted to end it all, but found a sense of purpose in helping those in desperate need. Keith also divulges why after much reluctance he has been forced to give up his vigil.
Bobby Womack's is the story of R&B and soul itself, a crucial link between the gospel of the 1950s and the greatest soul and rock of the 1960s and 1970s. As well as the 40 albums and 30 million records he sold in his own right, he provided key support and partied hard with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Sly Stone. In a turbulent life often as afflicted with battles with drink and drugs as it was with rich music, Womack was one of the last to see his friend Janis Joplin shortly before she died and one of the key witnesses to the mysterious shooting of Sam Cooke. He worked with Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Rod Stewart and his own hits included 'What Is This' and 'Across 110th Street'. He turned to drink and drugs after the murder of his brother Harry and went on the rampage with the likes of Sly Stone for much of the 1970s. It was a wild time he was lucky to survive. Back from the brink, he's gone on to be a hero to millions, with modern-day musicians claiming him as a key influence.
This unsettling but fascinating book will give you a unique insight deep into the minds of stalkers and reveals how their sinister behaviour affects their victims. From shadowy online stalkers, to jealous ex-lovers, from obsessed admirers and insidious personal vendettas through to crazed and dangerous criminals, this book probes the innermost instincts of the characters involved in each of the terrifying - and increasingly common - crimes described here. Based on revealing interviews with policemen, psychiatrists and doctors, as well as the families of many of the true-life victims - both male and female - this is the first time that such a collection of stalking cases from across the UK has been presented in such vivid and memorable detail. From the high-profile Marchese/Falkowski case currently proceeding through the courts, to the tragic events of lesser-known fatal stalkings, these stories read like fiction - but everything published is based on startling fact.
She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noel Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to 'gibbering worshippers'; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. "Behind Palace Doors" is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.
In February 1997 Billie-Jo Jenkins was murdered at her home in Hastings, Sussex. In July 1998 her foster father Siôn was convicted and sent to prison for life. After a monumental legal battle, in which there were an unprecedented six court hearings, Siôn Jenkins was finally acquitted in February 2006 after a gross miscarriage of justice. Having already faced three criminal trials, Siôn Jenkins had to undergo a fourth - a trial by media which continues to this day. Now, Siôn Jenkins puts on record what actually happened; the whole story from the beginning.
We first met undercover cop Harry Tyler in Garry Bushell's first novel, fast-moving London cops and gangsters tale The Face. Tyler is back again, doing what he does best - infiltrating the most dangerous gangs in the country. That means he's up against the nastiest drug-dealing, gun-toting, counterfeiting villains around. And then his ex-wife becomes involved when she is the victim of a brutal attack. It's not long before Harry decides to take the law into his own hands and administer some rough justice to those responsible. Two-Faced is a sensational sequel to a book which won great praise. The Independent called The Face «Extremely funny!", the Independent highlighted its «Outrageous opinions, scorching insults" and this is sure to repeat the success
Andy Serkis is best known for his remarkable interpretation of the vengeful and obsessive Gollum in the groundbreaking Lord of the Rings screen trilogy (2001-03). Landing the role presented him with a formidable challenge: helping to bring to life a computer-generated character that was not just technically dazzling but emotionally credible. To play Gollum needed a performer with immense stamina and creativity, requirements which - for audiences and critics alike - Andy Serkis exceeded. But there is far more to Serkis than The Lord of the Rings. When he began work on the trilogy in 1999, he already had 15 years of experience in theatre, television and cinema, portraying characters who were eccentric, complex, and even monstrous. He was always determined to inject humanity and empathy into every part he played, no matter how flawed they may have seemed. It is this level of intensity and commitment that has enriched so many of his roles, from Bill Sykes to King Kong and from Albert Einstein to Ian Dury. Andy Serkis returned to the big screen in 2011 as Captain Haddock in the long-awaited The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and is now preparing to revisit the persona of Gollum for the cinematic remake of The Hobbit. Author Justin Lewis examines the life and career to date of this most highly principled, hard-working and versatile of actors.
Noel Gallagher is as well-known for his singer-song writing talent as he is for his controversial, outspoken statements and his tempestuous relationships. With the renowned Britpop band, Oasis, Noel found worldwide acclaim and influenced the musical style of a generation. At the forefront of the Britpop movement in the Nineties, Noel was responsible for writing some of the big anthems of the period, including 'Wonderwall' and 'Champagne Supernova'. At their peak they were playing sold-out concerts to over 200,000 people. But what is the truth about the boy from Manchester? How did his relationship with his father affect him? What caused the public and personal rivalry with fellow Britpop band Blur? Why has he always had such a turbulent relationship with his brother and front man of Oasis, Liam? Is the band over for good this time? This book maps out Noel's story from the beginning. It takes you from his dysfunctional upbringing in Manchester to the man we know now. As an icon of the Nineties, Noel developed a reputation for his rock and roll lifestyle and rebellious attitude. This book offers an insight into the prolific, outspoken and controversial songwriter who has become a worldwide success.
Jimmy Holland was born into a family suffering at the hands of their drunk and abusive father. At the age of just two weeks, he was placed into care. The beginning of a life lived in a constantly changing environment of homes, authorities and institutions began. Let down and frequently abused, it wasn't long before Jimmy strayed onto the wrong side of the tracks. Before long, the mould for a problem child was set. He quickly turned from substance abuse to drug use and, in turn, to crime - his only means of an escape. An inevitable lifetime of crime faced him and he soon became associated with the ringleaders of an infamous gang responsible for prison riots and hostage taking. A heartfelt, shocking and despairing insight into life as a state-raised boy, "Lost in Care" is the heart-rending tale of a man who has lost his childhood and also lost his way.
Meet Micky Gluckstad. You'll like him. Bare-knuckle boxer, East End face, playboy and underworld 'corner merchant', Micky's conned money off the best of them - and he's got the scars to prove it. A happy-go-lucky conman who fleeced hundreds of thousands of pounds from the rich, the stupid, the crooked and the shameless, Micky's one of the nicest men you'll ever meet - unless you cross him. Then beware. There are properly hard men and there is Micky Gluckstad. Whether on the cobbles or in the ring, Micky beat them all. Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, Donny 'The Bull' Adams and even Lenny McLean, The Guv'nor himself, fell before Micky's onslaught. He never started a fight, but he never walked away from one either and he hated bullies and braggarts. Reggie Kray said Micky could have been one of the boxing greats, but he never trained and fought for kicks and cash. Despite his incredible story, you won't catch him boasting about his exploits or cashing in as a rent-a-villain. Repeatedly accused of murder but never charged, shot, stabbed and glassed, beaten by the police and locked up in juvenile detention, borstal and prison, he came back laughing from everything the world threw at him.For the first time, Micky tells his explosive story - from his early days in the East End to the millionaire lifestyle his criminal activities afforded him. Micky earned, enjoyed and spent more than a million quid - but never regretted a single day.
Jamie Oliver is Britain's best-loved chef. His matey charm and down-to-earth approach to cooking - from The Naked Chef to 30-Minute Meals - have made him a household favourite the length and breadth of the country. Rising from humble pastry chef to television superstar by catching the eye of producers during a documentary about the River Café, his on-screen charisma meant that he featured heavily in the final programme and the offers came flooding in.and so The Naked Chef was born. Jamie's passion shone through and a whole generation of young people were captivated by his enthusiasm. Cooking was suddenly cool! His television series and books gave Jamie fame and fortune the world over, but he always wanted to do something positive with his success. Through his fifteen charity restaurants and campaigns to revolutionise school dinners and get Britain cooking again, Jamie has proved himself to be more than simply a celebrity chef. His desire to bring about radical change has seen him meet with top politicians and raise millions of pounds for good causes. This is the fun and fascinating story behind Jamie Oliver: talented chef, father of four, television celebrity, political campaigner and national institution.
Hard-hitting Rory McIlroy was always destined to become a professional golfer from the moment he recorded a 40-yard drive aged just two. His first hole in one came when he was nine and he played in his first professional European tour event as a 16-year-old in 2005. His amazing amateur career saw him conquer Ireland and Europe before topping the World Amateur Rankings in 2007. But he really came to prominence with his superb opening three-under-par 68 in the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie. He went on to accept the Silver Medal as leading amateur. Despite high expectations, Rory keeps a cool head on his young shoulders and lets his golf do the talking. In 2008 he entered the elite of the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings and his maiden victory came in the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic where he endured a nail-biting final hole. His final breakthrough came when in June 2011 he won his first major, the US Open at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, USA. Rory finished on an amazing total of sixteen under par to seal his place among the golfing greats. This is the fascinating story of one of golf's most exciting young talents.
They are alluring, sensual, enchanting and sexy. They move among the most influential, sucessful and notorious men in Britain. Their sexual experience goes well beyond anything that most people ever dream of. Welcome to the private world of erotic dancers and galmour models, where sex, money, and fame are everything. When a stunning woman chooses a job in glamour and erotic dancing, she knows that it is her body and the amazing things she can do with it that will capture the imaginations of a thousand men and bring her wealth, gloamour and fame. She must also be prepared for the flood of new experiences, many good, some bad, that will come her way. This sensational book contains candid interviews with Britain's 22 most beautiful glamour workers, all of whom have agreed to leave nothing to the imagination as they tell you all their secrets - some rude, some raunchy and some just plain cheeky! The famous men they have slept with, wild and steamy stories from lapdancing clubs and glamour studios across the country, their own deepest fantasies and steamiest sexual encounters, and the truth about some other aspects of a vocation where temptation can sometimes lead to darker places. The girls in this book will intrigue and suprise - their naughty tales contain the stuff scandal and gossip - and often laughter - is made of, the facts that some well-known public figures wish could be kept from being made public knowledge. Each has a different story to tell, and each is filled with secrets that, until now, have never been told...
NIGEL BENN is a powerhouse among boxers. Known to his fans as the Dark Destroyer, his first 22 professional fights ended with him knocking out all his opponents - half of them before the first round was over. In this book, Nigel Benn tells it like it is. From the grim days he spent in the army in Northern Ireland, to his notorious battle with Chris Eubank. From the women of his past - including the girl who took his virginity when he was just twelve-years-old and the numerous women he has romanced since - to the love and support he has now found with his wife Carolyne and his adored children. He also reveal the truth about the murky world of boxing politics, how the tragic death of his elder brother led him to psychotherapy and how the hypnotist Paul McKenna got his life back on track. From fighter to family man, this book explores the contrasts that make up the figure of a mighty world champion.
Professor Stanley Feldman decided to write his memoirs when, in 2008, he was pronounced dead. Fortunately, however, this was not by one of his fellow doctors but instead by an Australian medical journal - prompting much shock the next time he visited his friends down under! He has been a doctor with the NHS for over 60 years now, and has presided over the transition of medicine into the modern world. His career has seen both the sublime and the ridiculous; Stanley has worked with some of the greatest doctors in the world on pioneering new heart surgeries that have changed medicine forever - and he has been the guinea pig for experiments that have ended in temporary paralysis! Stanley's career is a microcosm of the developments of the medical system in the UK over the last 60 years - from the birth of the NHS onwards - and he has obtained many hilarious anecdotes along the way, all of which can be found in Confessions of a Doctor
Charles Burgess Fry, known as C. B. Fry was an English polymath; an outstanding sportsman, politician, diplomat, academic, teacher, writer, editor and publisher, who is best remembered for his career as a cricketer. Fry's achievements on the sporting field included representing England at both cricket and football, an F.A. Cup Final appearance for Southampton F.C. and equalling the then world record for the long jump. But he was much more than a sportsman. He won a major scholarship to Oxford, where his friends numbered Max Beerbohm, Hilaire Belloc, and F.E. Smith. He wrote several books, including an autobiography and a novel, and he was one of the most successful journalists of his day. He was a friend of many prominent Labour and Liberal politicians, but flirted with Fascism, meeting Hitler in 1934. He tried out for Hollywood, represented India at the League of Nations, and stood for Parliament three times. 'A most incredible man . . . the most variously gifted Englishman of any age . . . the pre-eminent all-rounder, not merely of his own age but, so far as is measurable, of all English history.' John Arlott; 'This is a well-researched, well-rounded picture of one of England's great sporting heroes.' - Jeremy Paxman, Mail on Sunday; 'He has written what should come to be regarded as one of the very best sporting biographies. I could not put it down.' - Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph; 'This is a book that rises to its subject's level in fascination, entertainment and brilliance.' - Tim Rice, Literary Review