Who were the real Peaky Blinders? Did they really exist?
Well-known social historian, broadcaster and author Carl Chinn, has spent decades searching them out. Now he reveals the true story of the notorious gang, one of whom was his own great grandfather.
In this gripping social history, Chinn shines a light on the rarely reported struggles of the working class in Birmingham before the First World War. The story continues after 1918 as some Peaky Blinders transformed into the infamous Birmingham Gang. Led by the real Billy Kimber, they fought a bloody war with the London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over valuable protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming postwar racecourses of Britain.
Drawing together a remarkably wide-range of original sources, including rarely seen images of real Peaky Blinders and interviews with relatives of the 1920s gangsters, Peaky Blinders: The Real Story adds a new dimension to the true history of Birmingham's underworld and fact behind its fiction