Odd Man Out: The Last Straw is Ronald Biggs’ official autobiography, and is written by Ronnie with the help of his good friend Christopher Pickard. It is a totally updated and greatly expanded edition of Ron’s original best selling autobiography Odd Man Out, first published by Bloomsbury in 1994.
The new book, published by M-press, has six totally new chapters and over 200 extra pages, as well as a new introduction. The introduction and final chapter sum up Ron’s thoughts on his extraordinary life, a life that has kept him as front-page news for nearly 50 years. Odd Man Out: The Last Straw is available in hardback and in two special leather bound, limited collectors’ editions. It is also available on Kindle.
Odd Man Out: The Last Straw is Ronald Biggs’ only official autobiography. It covers Ron’s entire life including the Great Train Robbery, his conviction and subsequent escape from HMP Wandsworth, and his life with Charmian, the first Mrs Biggs. Ron tells how he managed to outrun and outthink the posse of law enforcement officers and the media that chased him around the world as one of its most wanted men. From his time in Australia, to his discovery and arrest in Brazil in 1974, it is all included in the book. It covers the two attempts to kidnap him, and his son Mike’s rise to stardom.
For the first time Ron tells exactly what has happened to him since the early 1990s to today, including his strokes, his attempted suicide, the death of his partner and friends, the extradition attempts, the Rio carnival tribute, his decision to come back to the UK, and his much publicised return in 2001 after 13,068 days on the run.
Odd Man Out: The Last Straw covers Ron’s life in Belmarsh and Norwich, including his marriage to Raimunda and his meetings with fellow infamous inmates, including Jeffrey Archer and Ian Huntley. Ron explains what actually went on at the time of his release, from Jack Straw’s blocking of his parole, to his ‘compassionate’ release a month later when at death’s door. The new book also mentions certain events and people that could not previously be mentioned in the first book in 1994.
The book also has 32 pages of exclusive new photos from Ron’s private archives, many of which have never been published or seen before. They cover from his first mug shots to the current day.
Odd Man Out: The Last Straw is not only Ronald Biggs’ autobiography; it is also the most complete biography of one of the most famous names in British life of the last 50 years. A brand new 10,000-word timeline – part of which is available on this web site – covers not only the life and times of Ronald Biggs, but includes the most detailed timeline and facts ever published about the events surrounding the Great Train Robbery itself.
Odd Man Out: The Last Straw will stand the test of time as the most complete telling of the life and times of the man who is Ronald Arthur Biggs, and his part in the Great Train Robbery.