Peaky Blinders - The Real Story: An Evening with Carl Chinn, in Birmingham

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Join us for an evening with Professor Carl Chinn as he introduces his new book Peaky Blinders: The Real Story & walks us through the truth about this fascinating, popular area of Birmingham's past.

Series 5 of the BBC’s award-winning drama, Peaky Blinders is hotly anticipated to return to our screens imminently. Set to be “by far” the best series to date, fans of the Shelby family are in for a double treat this autumn, with the publication of Peaky Blinders: The Real Story - a fascinating insight into the true story behind Birmingham’s most notorious gangs.

The fictional Peaky Blinders as we know them, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps.

But who were the real Peaky Blinders? And did they really exist?

Well-known social historian Carl Chinn has spent decades searching them out, one of whom was his own great grandfather, and, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in the back-streets of Birmingham in the 1920s.

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 under world and highlights the fact behind fiction

Professor Carl Chinn MBE Ph.D. is a social historian with a national profile, writer, public speaker, and teacher. An off-course bookmaker himself until 1984, he is the son and grandson of illegal bookmakers in Sparkbrook, and the great-grandson of a Peaky Blinder, whilst his mother's family were factory workers in Aston. His writings are deeply affected by his family's working-class background and life in the back-to-backs of Birmingham and he believes passionately that history must be democratised because each and every person has made their mark upon history and has a story to tell.

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