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Titles to Look Out For:
[in alphabetical order of author, then date of publication with each entry dated to earliest edition. Each listing includes later editions and printings]
Reggie Kray
1988. Our Story. Written with Ronnie Kray and Fred Dinenage

Roberta Kray
2002. A Man Apart

Ronnie Kray
1993. My Story

Chris Lambrianou
1995. Escape from the Kray Madness by Chris Lambrianou

Tony Lambrianou
1991. Inside the Firm

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Kray, Reggie & Kray, Ronnie. 'Our Story' published in 1989 in Great Britain by Pan Books, pp.159, ISBN 0330308181
2001, Headline, hbk
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  • Our Story [top]
    Published in 1988 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Sidgwick & Jackson, ISBN 9780283995255
    Published in 1989 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, pp.159, ISBN 0330308181

Synopsis: The Kray twins were Britain's most notorious gangsters. For a decade, they were the gang lords of the London underworld. Their reign of terror ended on March 8, 1969, when Ronnie and Reg were sentenced to life with the recommendation that they serve at least 30 years.

Ronnie ended his days in Broadmoor - his raging insanity only controlled by massive doses of drugs. Reg has served almost three decades in some of Britain's toughest jails.

But the men whose name was a byword for fear have never revealed the truth about their violent life and times - until now. In Our Story, they set the record straight. In their own words, they tell the full story of their brutal careers in crime and their years behind bars.

Compiled from a series of interviews behind prison wall, Our Story is the book that finally explodes the myths that have surrounded the Kray twins

1988, 1st Edition, Sidgwick & Jackson, hbk


1989, Pan Books, pbk
Kray, Roberta. 'Reg Kray: A Man Apart', published in 2003 in Great Britain by Pan Books, pp.337, ISBN 9780330491112
2003, Pan Books, pbk
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  • A Man Apart [top]
    Written by Roberta Kray
    First published in 2002 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Sidgwick & Jackson, pp.336, ISBN 9780283073496
    First published in 2003 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, pp.337, ISBN 9780330491112

About this book: Reg Kray was Britain's most famous prisoner; a villain to some and an anti-hero to many. But who was the real Reg Kray? Who was the man behind the layers of attitude and opinion, exaggeration and distortion? Why was he destined to spend so much of his life behind bars?

In this book, his widow Roberta Kray writes frankly about the man she knew so well. Drawing on previously unseen document, including letters and prison medical and officers' report, she describes the problems he faced and overcame as well as the reactions to one of the longest-serving prisoners in the country

Roberta sheds new light on his personality, his conflict with Ron, and his first marriage to Frances. She also details the development of her own marriage from her first meeting with Reg in 1996 to his death in October 2000, revealing the inside story for the first time

In the end she discovers the real Reg - not an angel, but not a devil either. She describes a man with human failings and human virtues who fought to overcome the harsh physical realities and psychological strains of prison, and who won in the end by finding a purpose to his life, by choosing hope over despair

2002, 1st Edition, Sidgwick & Jackson, hbk


2003, Pan Books, pbk
Kray, Ron. 'My Story', published in 1993 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.175, ISBN 0330335073
1994, Pan Books, pbk
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  • My Story [top]
    First published in 1993 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Sidgwick & Jackson, ISBN 9780283061097
    First published in 1994 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, pp.175, ISBN 0330335073

Synopsis: From inside the secure wing at Broadmoor Hospital, the silent Kray twin speaks out for the first time...

'They were the best years of our lives. They called them the Swinging Sixties. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were rulers of pop music. Carnaby St. ruled the fashion world...and me and my brother ruled London. We were f****** untouchable.'

My Story is defiant, unrepentant and often shocking. With this book, the story of the most notorious criminal gang in British history is at last complete. Born in the East End, Reg and Ron Kray rose to become the leaders of one of the most violent and feared gangs ever to terrorise London. Sentenced alongside his brother to a minimum of 30 years for murder in 1969, Ron Kray spent less than ten years in prison. Declared criminally insane, he was transferred to Broadmoor in 1979, never to be released. He died in 1995, the year after this book was published

1993, 1st Edition, Sidgwick & Jackson, hbk


1994, Pan Books, pbk
Lambrianou, Tony. 'Inside the Firm: The Untold Story of the Krays' Reign of Terror' by former Kray boss Tony Lambrianou, published in 1992 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, pp.256, ISBN 0330322842
1992, Pan Books, pbk
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Synopsis: Throughout the 1960s, he was a key member of the Kray gang. He had a unique close-up view of their reign of terror in an underworld of unashamed evil. Tony Lambrianou knew the whole story - and he served 15 years for his part in it. 
Inside the Firm is the book Tony Lambrianou has written to exorcise the ghosts of his violent career with the Krays - and the horrors of his subsequent years in top security prisons. An account more detailed, more impartial and more terrifying than the Krays themselves could ever have revealed. From the murder of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie - and the mystery of the undiscovered body - to the Kray Firm's role in Britain's prisons today. It is a brutally honest confession from a gangster determined to turn his back on his criminal past. 

1991, 1st Edition, Smith Gryphon, hbk


1992, Pan Books, pbk