> Skip to content

The Sunday Times bestselling biography of the real mastermind of the Great Train Robbery

The Crime of the Century. The biggest train heist in Britain’s history. The Great Train Robbery.

In the early hours of Thursday, 8th August 1963, a fifteen-strong gang stole £2.6 million (£45 million of today’s money) from the Glasgow to London mail train at Sears Crossing, Buckinghamshire.

The crime was so epic; every single development of the case was followed tirelessly by the press.

Countless books have since been published and, even today, films, television dramas and documentaries continue to study the smallest of details of one of the most daring and cleverly concocted criminal plans of all-time.

Much of the gang were later captured and paid the price with lengthy jail sentences. But 50 years on, many still question who the real mastermind behind the plot. For years most people accepted that Bruce Reynolds was but is that really the case?

One man knows the answer and the true identity of the man behind the robbery all too well.

In this engrossing biography, the only living person who personally knows the real mastermind revisits the Great Train Robbery and rewrites history as we know it. Full of explosive, fresh revelations, The Secret Train Robber sees the final piece of the puzzle firmly set in place and the name of one of Britain’s most sophisticated criminal minds ever is finally revealed.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781785030147

    June 15, 2016

    Ebury Press

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Trade Paperback

    9781785030130

    June 15, 2015

    Ebury Press

    352 pages

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9781785030123

    June 15, 2015

    Ebury Press

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Recommendations

Green Is The New Black
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
A Scandal in Bohemia
Mindhunter
All-American Murder
Red Notice
Undercover
Mr Nice
In Pursuit of the Truth
Set the Boy Free
Politics
Outlaw
The Last Gangster
David Jason: My Life
Notorious
The Monster of Florence
Breaking Vegas
Then She Was Gone
Long Road from Jarrow
The January Man