The Mammoth Book of Hard Bastards (Mammoth Books 192) Kindle Edition

No real hard bastard needs to brag or bully; most are modest, thoughtful and quiet. They have nothing to prove, as opposed to wannabe tough guys, who may pump themselves full of steroids or devote themselves to the study of a martial art, but can they handle themselves during an aggressive confrontation?

It is the real hard bastard’s absolute willingness to fight literally anyone, his ability to be uncompromisingly violent, his complete lack of fear, and unwillingness to admit defeat that makes him stand out in a crowd. A real hard bastard exudes an unmistakable air of confidence and authority.

On the Doors - Working as Britain's Hardest Bouncer

This is the amazing, terrifying, muscle-packed story of the most feared and respected bouncer in the country. When Stellakis Stylianou, known to his friends – and his enemies – as Stilks, was a kid growing up in London he was so poor that he had to go out hunting pigeons for his family’s supper. It was the memory of those lean days that made him vow that his own family would never be hungry again. And so he forged a life for himself doing what he knew best – using his muscle and his unstoppable force to keep law and order on the streets, in a way that no uniformed copper could ever do…Now he has risen to become the most famous club doorman in the world. Woe betide anyone who mistakes his firm politeness for weakness.

The Guv'nor Revealed: The Untold Story of Lenny McLean

Lenny McLean – an infamous name, but forever a legend. He is arguably one of the most notorious and feared prize-fighters this country has ever produced.

Not only was he a mountain of a man and a true fighter, feared on the streets of gangland London and outside the clubs whose doors he manned in the heart of the capital, he was also an old-school East Ender, who took pride in operating on a gentleman’s code despite the often-dangerous world he lived in. His life was cut all-too-short, just as it was taking a new, previously unimaginable direction after his role in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels but he remains loved by those who knew him.

Doing the Doors: A Life on the Door Paperback

This is the amazing, terrifying, muscle-packed story of the most feared and respected bouncer in the country. When Stellakis Stylianou, known to his friends – and his enemies – as Stilks, was a kid growing up in London he was so poor that he had to go out hunting pigeons for his family’s supper. It was the memory of those lean days that made him vow that his own family would never be hungry again. And so he forged a life for himself doing what he knew best – using his muscle and his unstoppable force to keep law and order on the streets, in a way that no uniformed copper could ever do…Now he has risen to become the most famous club doorman in the world. Woe betide anyone who mistakes his firm politeness for weakness.

Freddie Foreman - The Godfather of British Crime

To Britain’s criminal underworld, Freddie Foreman is the Godfather. Held responsible for the gangland killings of Ginger Marks and Frank ‘The Mad Axeman’ Mitchell, he was the punisher to those who broke the underworld’s strict code of conduct.Foreman’s dramatic kidnap and arrest for Britain’s biggest cash robbery made headlines around the world, yet this daring raid was just the peak of a safe-blowing, bank-robbing career that spanned decades. His story is a fascinating, yet chilling account of life as a freelance enforcer for the Kray twins, and as London’s most feared gangster.Bloodshed aside, Freddie’s often humorous stories reveal a caring man who believes that violence is a last resort

Viv Graham

Viv Graham’s name means many things to many people. A legend in his own lifetime, he worked his way to the very top of the North East’s criminal elite until his iron grip on its activities extended to the darkest corner of the underworld. The mere mention of his name would strike dread into the hearts of his enemies and all knew that, if Viv was after you, then hell was coming with him. 

Pain & Plenty of it!: A Doorman's Tale...

PAIN & PLENTY OF IT! is an unvarnished account of a decade spent working as a doorman in the rough, tough world of Liverpool and North-West clubland… In PAIN & PLENTY OF IT! Joe Owens recounts brushes with dangerous drug-dealers, assorted hard-cases, street-fighters, bullies and bad cops. Arrested and questioned over a string of gangland slayings, charged and acquitted over the murder of Liverpool Taxman George Bromley, Joe Owens was driven from the Liverpool Club scene. This is his story…

The Diaries of a Doorman - A Collection of True Short Stories

My book contains a collection of short stories all based on true events the either I, or someone that I have worked with and know well, have experienced. Yes, maybe there is a bit of artistic license in there, but only a bit. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, and the guilty! Only read this book if you are ready for side splitting humour and a look on the more tragic side of the night time economy, all written by a still active licensed Doorman. 

Modern Samurai: A revealing look into the world of the private security industry

Come with me as we take a revealing look inside the world of the private security industry. Discover what it is like to oversee a busy nightclub, look after celebrities and work with the hard men, gangsters, criminals and clubbers. I took up martial arts many years ago to try to overcome my fears and become this person who was afraid of nothing. I became a bouncer to see if it worked. I never stopped being afraid, but I did learn a lot about life and myself. Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a door? Where you ever curious what working in security is really like? Ever thought about what sort of person takes on the job? Maybe you are that person? This is not a story of a “hard man”.

Bouncers and Bodyguards: Tales from a Twilight World

Read how Charlie Bronson helped his friends out on the doors of his local in the early ’70s before being banged up for well over 30 years; how Ken Wharfe, personal bodyguard to the late Princess Diana, spent his life in Special Branch looking after royalty and diplomats worldwide; how Manchester gangster Mickey Francis ran most of the city’s doors back in the ’80s; and how a top British security firm advertised for bouncers for a high-risk ‘suicide’ operation in central Baghdad.

Compiled by former bodyguard, ex-mercenary and well-known nightclub bouncer Robin Barratt, Bouncers and Bodyguards is an exposé of an infamous twilight world about which rumours have often circulated. 

Bouncers: Their Lives in Their Own Words

Bouncers. Reviled, feared and admired in equal measure-yet rarely are their voices heard. What they can’t tell the customers, their bosses or the cops, they have now told our authors Julian Davies and Terry Currie. From the nervous first-nighter to the hardened veteran, here are the unforgettable voices of dozens of door staff from across the UK and abroad… the drugs, girls and gangs…the door wars, reprisals and straighteners…the sex-mad groupies and broken marriages…the hard men, nutters, cowards and bullies…the tragedies, the cameraderie and the grim humor of a dangerous, thankless job. From the bow-tie and knuckleduster days of the sixties to the huge security firms of today, Bouncers tells it how it is working the doors of pub and club land.

Working with Warriors

One night in the early 70s, three young bouncers worked together at a Liverpool nightclub. Terry O’Neill went on to become the greatest karate expert Britain has ever produced, Gary Spiers was the deadliest streetfighter alive and Dennis Martin is now the country’s leading expert on close protection and bodyguarding. This is the story of these three martial arts masters and how they transformed both the practice of personal combat and the security industry. It follows in vivid detail the dangerous, violent path they walked and the many characters they met on the way.

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