Will you be held at gunpoint and find yourself reaching for the panic button or will you be laughing all the way to the bank as you try to answer this quiz book's 1,000 testing questions cunningly prepared by former London gangster and nowadays best-selling celebrity author and film-maker Dave Courtney and ex-prison officer Jim Dawkins? Covering all aspects of the British underworld and the heroes and villains that have grabbed media attention and stirred up public interest and imagination, this book is as much an educational treasure trove as it is a quiz book. With a fitting foreword by Charles Bronson, this is definitely a quiz book with an encyclopaedic twist and is guaranteed to provoke hours of reminiscing and discussion about the daring escapades and notorious characters that have stamped an indelible mark on the British crime scene.
Dave Courtney OBE: 'Dodgy' Dave Courtney OBE ('One Big Ego'), also known in the past as 'the Yellow Pages of the Underworld', is a self-proclaimed former London gangster with links to notorious hard men such as the Krays, who has since achieved celebrity status as a best-selling author of six books, as a film producer, director and actor and as an entertaining guest speaker, and will also be releasing a gangster rap single and album in 2007. In addition to his popular book signings and 'Audience with' spectaculars, he is also involved in the Prince's Trust and raising funds for various charitable causes, and is patron of 'Misunderstood', a charity that provides support for children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families.Jim Dawkins: Harlow-born Jim Dawkins left home in Eltham at the age of sixteen to pursue a career in the army and served with the Royal Green Jackets from 1985 to 1991, including tours of Canada and Northern Ireland. Upon leaving the army, he joined the Prison Service and spent the next seven years training and working in Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs and Belmarsh prisons. In 1999, Jim left the Prison Service, ill with stress and disillusioned by the abuse levelled out to inmates by many of the staff. Jim eventually settled down with his childhood sweetheart, Natasha, and has two daughters, Lauren and Morgan and one son, Thomas. One of Jim's goals in life is to fight for the rights of long-term high-security inmate, Charlie Bronson, with whom he has struck up a remarkable friendship. He wants the prison service to pull itself out of the Victorian mentality and give Charlie the chance he deserves to work towards his release and lead the normal life he yearns for. Jim is the author of the widely acclaimed best-selling expose on the UK Prison System 'The Loose Screw'.