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Publisher Description

'A rare glimpse into a secret world.' --THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

'Every page shines...a tremendous book.' -- TRAVELLER MAGAZINE

'Hard-hitting...Highly recommended.' -FIGHTSPORT

'Illuminating and gripping.' -- IRISH POST 

Bartley Gorman was the greatest bareknuckle fighter of modern times. He reigned as King of the Gypsies for twenty years, beating all comers in illegal contests at fairs and racetracks, down mineshafts and in quarries, on campsites and in car parks. 

In this hard-hitting autobiography, he lays bare the secret world of illicit prize-fighting and recalls his violent clashes with pro-boxers, martial artists, streetfighters and the lawless `suicide fighters' who seek out the top champions of the day. He describes great fighters of the past like the infamous Uriah `Big Just' Burton, the challenges he threw out to London hardmen Lennie McLean and Roy Shaw, and the brutal mob attack that almost cost him his life. 

His extraordinary memoir also contains many rare photographs and unveils the formidable new breed of fighting travellers.

June 19
Milo Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

adc682992 ,

Great book

Really enjoyed this book - highly recommended; a fascinating insight into an amazing life. Thank you Bart

Me the reviewer ,

A long lost world

Takes me back to my childhood in the midlands in the 80's, the smoky pubs my grandad and dad would go to. The travellers who would sell us carpets, sofas, mac our drive, felt our roof! seems a world away now. A glimpse into the barenuckle world and the traveller community and values.

ricKykate1 ,

Bartley Gorman king of the gypsies

Loved this book so much i have read it at least 4 times,I’m fascinated by it and love looking at the photos as well,I tried googling as much info on the names mentioned in this book but can not find any information on anyone so this book is all u have to go on.

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