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5870618Peaky Blinders - The Real Story: An Evening with Carl Chinn
DateWednesday 18th September 2019
DescriptionJoin us for an evening with Professor Carl Chinn as he introduces his new book Peaky Blinders: The Real Story walks us through the truth about this fascinating, popular area of Birmingham's past.Series 5 of the BBCs award-winning drama, Peaky Blinders is hotly anticipated to return to our screens imminently. Set to be by far the best series to date, fans of the Shelby family are in for a double treat this autumn, with the publication of Peaky Blinders: The Real Story - a fascinating insight into the true story behind Birminghams most notorious gangs.The fictional Peaky Blinders as we know them, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps.But who were the real Peaky Blinders? And did they really exist?Well-known social historian Carl Chinn has spent decades searching them out, one of whom was his own great grandfather, and, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in the back-streets of Birmingham in the 1920s.Drawing together a remarkably wide-range of original sources, including rarely seen images of real Peaky Blinders and interviews with relatives of the 1920s gangsters, Peaky Blinders: The Real Story adds a new dimension to the true history of Birminghams under world and highlights the fact behind fictionProfessor Carl Chinn MBE Ph.D. is a social historian with a national profile, writer, public speaker, and teacher. An off-course bookmaker himself until 1984, he is the son and grandson of illegal bookmakers in Sparkbrook, and the great-grandson of a Peaky Blinder, whilst his mother's family were factory workers in Aston. His writings are deeply affected by his family's working-class background and life in the back-to-backs of Birmingham and he believes passionately that history must be democratised because each and every person has made their mark upon history and has a story to tell.Tickets for this event are free and can be booked online or in store.
Time(s)Sep 18, 6pm
LocationWaterstones High Street
Pricefree, Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling.If you are unable to attend an event we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications.All signings (unless otherwise stated) operate on a first come first served basis, so early arrival is often recommended.
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Waterstones High Street
Address24-26 High Street
West Midlands
B4 7SL
Telephone No.0121 633 4353
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