Ronald Biggs: The odd man out bows out

Biggs_Pickard2Critical Divide and Chris Pickard are saddened by the death of Ronald Arthur Biggs on 18 December 2013. He was 84.

Ron and Chris first met in the early 1980s, when they were both resident in Rio de Janeiro. Chris wrote about music, film, travel and Brazil, and not about Ronnie Biggs. That all changed in 1993 when Chris agreed to help his by then good friend write his life story, Odd Man Out. And what a life it was. Odd Man Out was published in hardback by Bloomsbury and in paperback by Pan Macmillan.

As well as the autobiography they also wrote the novel Keep On Running, published by Bloomsbury  in 1995, and Chris was also  involved in helping bring Ron back from Brazil in 2001, and his subsequent release from prison.

Despite Ron being unable to speak, Chris, with the help of a spelling board, helped Ron on his release from prison in 2009 to update his autobiography. The new book, Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, was published by MPress Media in November 2011.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery, Ron and Chris joined up with Bruce and Nick Reynolds in 2013 to write and publish The Great Train Robbery 50th Anniversary:1963-2013. This was the most complete, detailed and factual telling of what happened before, during and after the robbery.

Sadly Ron and Chris still believed they had one unfinished masterpiece in them, which will not now see the light of day. That book was The Ronnie Biggs C(r)ookery Book For the Single Man on the Run.

Author: Critical Divide

Standing at the Critical Divide with Chris Pickard

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