Perhaps not as well written as the book I previously reviewed but with those in an interest in crime (reading rather than committing hopefully), My Manor may be equally as interesting.
Charlie Richardson was no mug in the first place but years of prison based education has made him more verbose than the average wide boy, that doesn't mean to say that it's still not written in a rather cringeworthy way but he does manage to get his point across on a number of subjects from the failings in the UK prison system through to his business plans and it makes a refreshing change to hear the story in the words of someone other than a middle-class ghost-writer or criminal biographist.
The book builds up two stories at once and tries to tie them in together, one of them is the court case that sees the so-called "Torture Gang Boss" sentenced to 25 years in prison and the other which is considerably more interesting is bits and pieces throughout Richardson's life - in business, in crime and also covers parts about his family life, childhood, friendships and relationships.
Richardson claims that the famous crime that saw him sentenced for so long, never actually took place and the way the case is presented by him certainly makes it look more than dodgy but there are other parts in the book that come across as pretty strange, so it's all to be taken with a pinch of salt - I suppose it would be interesting to compare this (published in 1991) and his brother Eddie's more recent book in 2005.
Not the best book ever but there's plenty happening and it will certainly appeal to anyone interested in gangsters or scammers.