A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun: The Autobiography of a Career Criminal

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Penguin Adult, Jul 28, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 482 pages
A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun is the autobiography of convicted felon Noel Razor Smith. An extraordinarily vivid account of how a tearaway kid from South London became a career criminal, it is both a searing indictment of a system that determinedly brutalized young offenders and a frank, unsentimental acknowledgement of the thrills of the criminal life. Shocking, fascinating and frightening by turns, it also reveals Razor Smith to be a remarkably talented writer.

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"Like the ghost of Jacob Marley, I have spent my life carefully fashioning the chains that now bind me, link by link": a graphic, memorable chronicle of a life spent causing mayhem.Noel Stephen Smith ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Noel 'Razor' Smith was born in London in 1960. He has 58 criminal convictions and has spent the greater portion of his adult life in prison. Whilst in prison he taught himself to read and write, gained an Honours Diploma from The London School of Journalism and an A-Level in Law. He has been awarded a number of Koestler awards for his writing and has contributed articles to the Independent, the Guardian, Punch, the Big Issue, the New Statesman and the New Law Journal. He is currently serving a life-sentence for armed robbery. A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun is his first book.

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