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The Guv'nor

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  684 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
A bare - knuckle fighter turned moviestar, Lenny McLean had powerful friends and terrible enemies. In this biography, he tells stories about his life, including how he knocked out the Mafia's greatest boxer in three minutes, and how he fought to prove his innocence when accused of murder.
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Published April 14th 2003 by Blake Publishing (first published January 1st 1998)
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Mike Green
Jul 02, 2012 Mike Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biography
The most phenomenal book I have ever read ! If Lenny's life journey doesn't have you captivated from the first few pages then you're a beige bastard with no sense of excitement. This remains the quickest book I have ever read, and without a doubt the most jaw-dropping. How they never finished making a film about him remains a mystery, but then again who could pull off the great man with such conviction. READ IT !!!!
Digit
Feb 02, 2014 Digit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
decent read but falls into the usual cliche that only bad guys got hurt. His story and the violence was very honest and worth reading in between books
Ghost14
Mar 28, 2016 Ghost14 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: social, autobiography
"I look what I am ..a hard bastard" for a tagline and a cover image of an almost Peek a boo stance (I do not think the "stance" makes any difference whatsoever to Lenny McLean) ! The Guvnor cannot go wrong with a Selling point like that.

And then the content of the auto biography . The no-holds-barred narrative makes for a very interesting/ amusing and "street" read. I say street because the narrative in the book is free-flowing but not haphazard. Not really literary but not too crude either(the
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Garion Bracken
Jan 01, 2015 Garion Bracken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've seen the movie Lock Stock and Two smoking barrels by Guy Richie you'll have seen the character Barry the Baptist. A big formidable character who was an enforcer for Hatchet Harry. A huge intimidating character who oozed menace with his voice, appearance and reputation. Well that character was played by Lenny McLean who was no less menacing in real life. Though according to his autobiography 'The Guvnor' he never killed anyone. He was a boxer, a 'minder' and an actor at times. He was al ...more
Michael
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Katie
I've read a lot of 'Hardmen' autobiographies, but none seem as interesting, intelligent and kind natured as the dearly departed McLean.

This book had me right to it's sad ending and beyond, it's great that such a downtrodded individual could make a stand and a name for himself, both on the cobbles and in peoples hearts. The man is a legend and will no doubt live on in history. A fantastic book by a fantastic man. The Guv'nor is dead, long live the Guv'nor!
Borys
Well, that an interesting experience to consider the crime life from the other side, from the villain's side. And to find there logic, and, well, I'll call that integrity or something akin to it, love, and heaps of fighting spirit.
That's another question of judgement: don't be too quick to judge others, chances are you do not understand them and their lives at all.
Andrew Culyer
Oct 06, 2016 Andrew Culyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this and his opponent's book one after the other...

Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw vs Lenny McLean - I've read both and they seem to be in disagreement about what happened between them... anyway, I guess that will happen.

Overall, a great insight into a world I have never and never will know...

..it is truly is amazing what some people get up to.
Clare Wakelin
Jun 26, 2016 Clare Wakelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
borrowed and read this when i was 18 and loved it. i bought it from the charity shop to read on the train and couldnt believe how much i still love it. got to be one of the best portrayals of a hard man i have ever read. yes he hurt people with his fists but as he says he wasnt a bully and they knew what they were signing up for. such a gentlman
Nathan
Feb 14, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Lenny Mclean lived his life earning a living from unlicensed boxing and petty criminality you can't help think that this guy was a decent bloke with lots of morals. He had a hard life losing both his parents at a young age and suffering abuse as a child, though to the touching epilogue whereby he gets diagnosed with terminal cancer.
James Day
Jan 18, 2016 James Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book a few years ago whilst on holiday and loved every page of it. Read it in a couple of days. What an interesting man. You, as the reader, go from sympathizing, to disliking, to being in awe of, to rooting for Lenny. A brilliant insight to the life of a true crime legend and the London gangster underworld of old, miles apart from the drug-riddled 'scallywags' of today!
Reiss taylor
Feb 14, 2016 Reiss taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Briliant book you wont be disappointed

Brilliant book really engrossed me from the start and kept me interested all the way through brilliant read couldn't put my kindle down towards the end 5 stars worth reading
Richard
Jan 30, 2010 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book that brought Lenny to life and showed his softer side and the tough life he had, a family man with a GSOH brilliant book and ill never forget reading the last few pages where he talk about his biggest fight to date and one he would come to lose RIP Lenny
Stevi3
Oct 17, 2012 Stevi3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction


Excellent read highly recommend to anyone interested in this type of book. Lenny seemed like a sound man and one I would have liked to have known.

Check out his interviews and some fights on YouTube.
Craig Wilson
Jun 24, 2013 Craig Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horrible, nasty, frightening piece of trash...... Brilliant.
Hardev Gill
Apr 13, 2012 Hardev Gill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
' I look what I am a hard bastard ' says it all on the front cover.
Lenny was a hard bastard and this is a great autobiography.
Jordan Grothe
Jan 06, 2014 Jordan Grothe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
stand up guy. great read
Joauk
Jul 09, 2012 Joauk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
GREAT!
Big Vern
Jul 21, 2014 Big Vern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like hardmen books then this is for you.
It's a top read.
Michal H
Aug 26, 2013 Michal H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book, he was a big hard bastard but a giant with a heart and cared for his family and friends. This book is great.
maulfield
Jan 04, 2015 maulfield rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Egy olyan pasas életrajzi könyve ez, akiről elméletileg nagyon jó életrajzi könyvet lehetne írni. Nem sikerült. Unalmas, érdektelen, felejthető.
Paul mccall
Jan 23, 2016 Paul mccall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ledge

Brilliant read what a ledge. I'm not the reading type to be fair this is the second book I've read in 20years but it was a turner and Ive missed my stop a few times
Craig Garty
Apr 17, 2014 Craig Garty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
Mistress
Feb 05, 2013 Mistress rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Few books bring me to tears, this had me sobbing at parts. Wonderful book.
Simon Spencer
Jul 31, 2012 Simon Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Excellent read
Paul Johnson
Feb 16, 2015 Paul Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this a while ago would like to add this to my collection.
Boulda10
Apr 21, 2008 Boulda10 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends
Recommended to Boulda10 by: Hankinson
A very hard man with some brilliant stories!
Library
Aug 29, 2014 Library rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good and solid read , if you like hard men this is for you :)
Ethan Hodgson
what a nut case haha
Snoopy
Nov 01, 2013 Snoopy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent
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