Villains' Paradise by Donald Thomas
A History of Britain's Underworld

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"Thomas has excelled himself. An important and riveting study in social history, it also has a very pertinent relevance in the crime-riddled society that is Britain today."-The Sunday Times (London)

"A magnificent book. Beautifully written, utterly compelling: almost without fault in every respect."-The Literary Review

Venturing into the urban underbelly of postwar Britain, and especially of London, this riveting true-crime chronicle explores the shadowy ganglands where for twenty-five years armed robbery, prostitution, vice, and drugs flourished under racketeer kings.
 

About Donald Thomas

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Donald Thomas is the author of seven biographies and is also a respected novelist. He has won the Gregory Award for his poems Points of Contact. He was born in Somerset and educated at Queen's College, Taunton and Balliol College, Oxford. He holds a personal chair at Cardiff University.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by JOHN MURRAY PUBLISHERS LTD. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Did John Fowles borrow material from an actual 1957 case for his 1963 novel The Collector?

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“The wrecking of phone boxes,” Mr. Thomas writes at one point, “assumed serious proportions by 1962.” The whys and the wherefores elude Mr. Thomas, who seems just as perplexed by the changing nature of British crime as were the judges and the police officers of the time, who tended to blame Amer...

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British prime ministers don’t leave a legacy — they leave a phrase, and the greatness of that phrase will owe everything to a magical ability to summarize the period in which it was spoken.

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