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I Am Not A Gangster

I Am Not A Gangster

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You feel all emotions when reading this book and it is a very powerful honest account of a difficult life but of someone who came through.

At 16, BOBBY CUMMINES became one of the youngest people in Britain to be convicted of carrying a sawn-off shotgun. His passion is talking to young people in schools and colleges, deterring them from what they might perceive as a glamorous lifestyle by highlighting the harsh realities of crime and prison. It’s just a shame there aren’t more stories about his life as a ‘businessman’ and what he and his firm did.

Queen Elizabeth II awarded Cummines the OBE in June 2011 in recognition of his services to reformed offenders. There are a lot of books around about the various criminals and their exploits but few end on a high note, and this has a welcome note of positivity. The latter stages of the book focuses on his reform and turning his life around, which really is quite something. I Am Not A Gangster is an explosive account of life in the criminal underworld by one of Britain's most dangerous men, but above all it's a remarkable tale of redemption with the biggest turnaround in gangland history. I Am Not A Gangster is an explosive account of life in the criminal underworld by one of Britain’s most dangerous men, but above all it’s a remarkable tale of redemption with the biggest turnaround in gangland history.

Only this time his efforts saw him go from custody of Her Majesty's Prison Service to meeting with the Queen herself. Cummines said that with a criminal record, it was incredibly difficult to find another job, and so thought "if you're gonna make me a bad guy, I'll show you how bad I can be. He described the moment he decided to get into crime, saying two of his friends were walking with him at a park when one accidentally set off a starting pistol.As well as sharing in detail his criminal hey days he also spends more than a third of the book on his incarceration and how reading and learning led him to campaign and eventually set up charities to look at ways for the Criminal Justice system to stop focusing on punishment and try to focus on giving the prisoners the ways and means to live more productive non-criminal lives on their release. Bobby is one of the UK's leading penal reformers and has advised Ministers and Judges as well as public and private sector agencies on prison and rehabilitation. I had the honour and pleasure to meet the author recently and found him to be an entertaining an interesting travelling companion, but as there are a lot of people in the world who claim to have been there , done that et cetera , I take my tall tales of the old days with a pinch of salt, perhaps he picked up on this as he recommended I read his book. He expanded into leading a group of criminal enforcers, extortionists and racketeers known as "The Chaps", employing extreme violence in 1970s North London with his fearsome reputation and a sawn-off double-barrel shotgun named "Kennedy" after JFK.

Cummines was sentenced to 18 years when an arms dealer (referred to as "Ernie" in his autobiography) informed and told the authorities almost everything Cummines and his gang had done. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Bobby was sent to prison for the first time in 1967, aged 16, and over the next decade he established himself as a ruthless hardened criminal through a succession of lucrative protection rackets and robberies. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. He began writing poetry and got into contact with Labour MP Tony Benn who was willing to help him and contributed a foreword to his published poems, as well as changing rules so that the aim of prisons was stated to be to "rehabilitate and educate" rather than the free-for-all ethos that Cummines had experienced. The book comes across as a memoir interview, but it does seem to lack any sort of real passion, but that might just be reflective of times Bobby grew up in. Despite being described as a gangster in media, Cummines has refused the label, saying he never considered himself one, instead stating he was a "businessman whose business was crime. In his autobiography, Cummines details how he met a broad range of people, from members of the Irish Republican Army to American gangsters.

He quickly became a gangland leader and was convicted of a number of serious offences including manslaughter and bank robbery. Cummines turned his life around in prison after a conversation with Charlie Richardson, who urged him to become educated and earn money without hurting anyone.His autobiography, I Am Not A Gangster, was published 15 May 2014 by Random House's Ebury Press imprint. At 16, Bobby Cummines became one of the youngest people in Britain to be convicted of carrying a sawn-off shotgun. If you like reading books like this I would highly recommend this book Really good read, can’t put it down.

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