The Autobiography of Ronnie Biggs – The Ultimate Collectors’ Editions

28 Mar

The ultimate, leather bound, collectors’ editions of Ronnie Biggs’ best selling autobiography, Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, are now available from Biggs’  web site,


The ultimate collectors’ editions come in two versions. The top of the line, costing £500 (including p&p in the UK), is limited to just 15 very exclusive copies. Each comes in a hand made leather covered wooden trunk that has Biggs’ signature embossed in gold on the lid. Inside the trunk is a numbered, leather bound edition of Odd Man Out: The Last Straw; a specially numbered leather bookmark; a certificate of authenticity signed by Ronnie Biggs, Chris Pickard (who helped Ron write the book), and publisher Cliff Moulder of MPress; plus a standard hardback copy of Odd Man Out: The Last Straw. Each of the 15 ultimate collectors’ edition also come with a matching leather travel tag and a numbered DVD that includes footage of Biggs signing the certificates; being shown the leather bound sets for the first time by his son Michael; video footage from the press conference at Shoreditch House to mark the release of the book; plus a library of rare photos and other special extras.

Biggs is also offering collectors a limited number of 50 red leather bound editions of his autobiography. Costing £210 (including p&p in the UK), these consist of a leather bound copy of Odd Man Out: The Last Straw in a leather slip sleeve that contain a certificate of authenticity signed by Ronnie Biggs, Chris Pickard (who helped Ron write the book), and publisher Cliff Moulder of MPress.

“There are an awful lot of people who have wanted to see me in a box, so here is their chance,”Ronnie Biggs joked with Critical Divide. “Although possibly not the box they were thinking of! I know a lot of writers who are going to be very jealous of these special editions. The boys and girls at MPress have raised the bar and done me proud. These are the dog’s bollocks, no question.”

Also available is the standard hardback edition of Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, at a RRP of £19.99, and the Kindle edition, which is available on Amazon for just £6.71.

Odd Man Out: The Last Straw is Ronnie Biggs’ official and definitive autobiography, which he only completed in November 2011. In the book Ronnie covers his entire life including the Great Train Robbery, his conviction and subsequent escape from HMP Wandsworth. He tells of his family life with Charmian (Mrs Biggs), and how he managed to outrun and out think the posse of law enforcement officers, and the media, that chased him around the world as its most wanted men. From his time in Australia, to his discovery and arrest in Brazil in 1974, it is all included in his book.

The autobiography covers the two attempts to kidnap Ron, and his son Mike’s rise to stardom. For the first time Ron explains what has happened to him since the early 1990s to today, including his strokes, illness, his attempted suicide, the death of his partner and friends, the extradition attempts, the Rio carnival tribute, his decision to come back to the UK, and his much publicised return in 2001 after 13,068 days on the run.

Ron also covers prison life in Belmarsh and Norwich since returning to Britain, including his meetings with infamous and famous inmates. Ron describes what went on at the time of his release, from the blocking of his parole, to his ‘compassionate’ release a month later when at death’s door. He also explains why he is still alive and kicking two years on from his release, and despite being at the top of the ‘Death List’ for nearly a decade.

If you want to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the life and times of Ronald Biggs and the Great Train Robbery, this is the full story from the man himself.

The book also has 32 pages of exclusive photos from Ronnie Biggs’ private archives, many of which have never been published or seen before. They cover from his first mug shots to the current day.

Odd Man Out: The Last Straw is not only Biggs’ autobiography; it is also the most complete biography of one of the most famous names in British life over the past 50 years. A brand new 10,000-word timeline covers not only the life and times of Ronnie Biggs, but includes the most detailed timeline and facts ever published about the events surrounding the Great Train Robbery itself, including information never published before. On 8 August 2013, Ron’s birthday, the Great Train Robbery will mark its 50th anniversary and Ronnie Biggs is its most famous participant and survivor.

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