McVicar by Himself :: John McVicar

McVicar by Himself :: John McVicar soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!

London: Hutchinson, 1974, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Includes: Glossary; Frontispiece;

From the cover: John McVicar has been variously described as extremely dangerous, a vicious criminal, and Public Enemy No. 1. He is at present serving a twenty-three year term of imprisonment, made up of sentences for crimes (mainly robbery with violence) which he committed before being sentenced to an eight-year term and at various times while on the run. His last and most spectacular escape was from the notorious E Wing for maximum security prisoners at Durham.

On the face of it, this is unlikely material from which to expect one of the most articulate and moving statements ever to have emerged from the underworld of crime. Yet, with an effort the reader can only guess at, McVicar has dug down to the roots of his criminal life and outlook and produced a self-portrait which is an astonishing feat of self-awareness and may be of lasting value in dealing with the problem of the committed professional criminal.

There are two quite separate parts of the book. The first, written while he was on the run from Durham, gives fascinating and often startling…

Introduction by: Goronwy Rees

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A touch faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. The pages lightly toned with age with a newspaper review glued to the first blank. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Navy Blue boards with Red titling to the Spine. 206 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Biography catalogue?


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