One mans journey of life that grips from the very first page. At the time of the Kray twins in peckham this honest account of survival in the underworld of crime and corruption which comes across with great humor that makes it difficult to put this book down. It is hard to believe that the author managed to survive so many encounters based around the criminal world but you have to feel compassion for the raw honesty mixed with the sense of hilarity making his book a brilliant read for anyone who has a open mind about survival in the real world.
Johnny Mack was an only child to hard working parents who were very strict disciplinarians. No matter how many beatings Johnny took for being naughty,he rebelled constantly. From an early age he hated school and in the end school hated him. He was eventually expelled aged thirteen and never went back. So his education was limited. He started a family aged fifteen and went on to marry and have four children in all.In his teens he was taken under the wing of an infamous London gangster who educated him into the criminal fraternity.He then spent most of his life as London gangster. For two decades Johnny threw himself wholeheartedly into a life of crime. From Hi-jacking, Bank robbery, Unlicensed boxing and eventually drug distribution on a massive scale around notorious housing projects.
He ran illegal drinking and gambling clubs known as spiellers' or(Speak easy's in US)
everything was grist to Johnny's mill.
Drug/Alcohol addiction finally brought Johnny's world crashing down to earth. Going cold turkey to clean himself of the drugs he spent months re-evaluating his life. Johnny's strongly believes that he had a spiritual experience and felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. Though he stopped the drugs, he was still alcohol dependent. But when he felt the Holy presence again his obsession and craving for booze disappeared instantly. Johnny firmly believes that he has a purpose in life today and that is to help others and write novels.
After his experience Johnny turned his life around and turned his back on crime, drugs and booze. He decided write about his life experiences. But there was so much he wanted to share with others that it took two books to complete the job. Johnny had his work accepted for publishing the first time he submitted, which says a lot about the quality of his work. After finishing his autobiographies, Johnny went on to write crime fiction books. His latest novel has been getting some great reviews which has encouraged Johnny to work full time as a writer.
With no education but a great imagination Johnny's work is being received warmly from avid readers from all around the world.
Johnny also helps others who are on the same path to destruction that he once walked. He shares his experience, strength and hope with them...and has helped many by giving them hope.
Johnny has been published in the traditional way but is now in the process of re-releasing his work into 'Kindle format after being flooded with requests to go that way. His first Kindle publication will be of his latest novel 'Memoirs of a Hitman' then shortly after he will be publish his autobiographies 'Dunpeckham' & 'Landed on the Moon'
Johnny is at present working on a crime novel which will be a biggie 400-450 pages. He has used his vast experience to produce a crime caper that has a brilliant plot but with a twist that will catch everyone off guard...Johnny says if you suss the twist before the last 10 pages he'll give you your money back'
Best true life crime auto-biography, April 20, 2009
Dunpeckham I am a reader of crime biography, this book 'Dunpeckham by Johnny mack is a marvel! I have never come across a biography that is as near to the bone as can be. johnny Mack tells us about his up-bringing in notorious Peckham south London, this guy impressed me from the start by his honesty, wit, humour.
He tells it as if you were in the room with the guy and him explaining in detail about his life in the crimminal underworld, the violence that was dished out to those that deserved it, his love for his wife and children.
His downfall came when he became an heroin addict whilst in Brixton prison, he tells the reader exactly what happened and leaves no holds barred. Its a must to be read. W.H.
The best yet deserves 10 stars, July 23, 2011
One of the best books to be released, not like your usual gangster rubbish thats out there. This is a true account of one mans life and you can tell there is no ego used in this story. A must read to all crime autobiography lovers. Bonnie prince
Must read, November 24, 2010
I have just finished reading this book & I must say I loved it, it's one of those books you can't put down.
Please if you enjoy an Autobiography this is a MUST READ from start to finish.
Looking forward to the next one... can't wait !!!!