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A Christmas Treat from Ronnie Biggs

21 Nov

R BIGGS timeline copy

For Christmas Ronnie Biggs has persuaded his publisher, M-Press, to offer his best-selling books at special festive rates so that his fans and those interested in what actually happened at the Great Train Robbery and in Biggs’ life, can now buy the hardback version of his autobiography, Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, for just £9.99 (RRP: £19.99), and the The Great Train Robbery 50th Anniversary:1963-2013, the new 132 page ‘bookazine’ that contains for the first time the full story of the robbery as told by Bruce Reynolds and Biggs, for just £4.99.

To order go direct to the publisher’s own web site by clicking below:

Odd Man Out: The Last Straw

The Great Train Robbery 50th Anniversary:1963-2013

There are also special leather bound editions of both books for collectors and fans.

GTR 50 Leather collection

Great Brain Robbery: Ronnie Biggs lowers the price of digital copies of “Odd Man Out”

15 Apr


Ronnie Biggs has asked his publisher, M Press, to lower the price of the digital version of his autobiography Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, which has been reduced on the Calm Productions web site from £14.99 to just £5.

The digital edition is available HERE.

Biggs was responding to the requests he has received from fans around the world who have not been able to get hold of hard copies of his best selling autobiography, or did not have access to Kindle. The digital edition should be able to be read on iPads, most tablets and computers.

The publisher expects rising demand from Australia where Mrs Biggs is currently being broadcast on Channel 7. In the UK fans were keen to find out what really happened to Ron and Charmian, rather than the fiction portrayed in the TV series that was full of factual errors, even the day and date of the robbery.

Biggs  has also promised his fans a new updated Kindle and digital edition of  his novel, Keep On Running, as well as a contribution for a new publication about the Great Train Robbery that will be published to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the robbery on 8 August.

The upcoming anniversary of the train robbery has already seen the publication of a number of titles looking to cash in on the robbery that are full of factual errors, erroneous conclusions and bad journalism.

Ronnie Biggs book goes to number one

27 Oct


Driven by the people who wanted and cared to know the truth behind the fictional Mrs Biggs, a five part series broadcast by ITV, viewers turned to Ronnie Biggs’ autobiography Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, to find the truth, sending the book to the number one spot in a number of the Amazon and Kindle charts.

Physical book sales were also boosted at Amazon and Calm Productions, and at book stores across the UK, as people chose fact over fiction.


My Royal Appointments – Kent Gavin

2 Jun

Kent Gavin, the Mirror’s royal photographer who is responsible for many of the most iconic shots of the royal family taken in recent decades, has launched a coffee table book of some of his best work.

My Royal Appointments was launched at a reception in the House Basement of Soho House on 30 May, the eve of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Gavin was kept very busy throughout the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and was one of only two photographers invited on board the Queen’s Royal Barge for the Thames River Pageant.

My Royal Appointments is published by M-Press, the publisher responsible for Critical Divide’s autobiography of Ronnie Biggs, Odd Man Out: The Last Straw.

Both My Royal Appointments and Odd Man Out: The Last Straw can be purchased from Calm Productions.

M-Press chairman, Cliff Moulder, is also appropriately the chairman of the company behind Majesty magazine, one of the Queen’s favourite reads.

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, http://www.ronniebiggs.com.


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.