Boss of Britain's Underworld

Billy Hill, with an introduction by his son, Justin Hill

Billy Hill writes about an extraordinary life of crime and punishment and his rise to the top of Britain‘s gangland. This book details Billy‘s sensational heists in the 1950s, for which no one was ever convicted. It’s an entertaining read, giving the reader insight into What made Billy tick. Originally written in 1955, it caused a sensation when released, being one of the first 'celebrity' gangster books. Faithfully recreated for this new eBook version, it has been carefully scanned and edited from the original printer's plates, with and added introduction from Billy Hill's son, Justin.

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Book Description

When I was a boy and dad came to stay, he would sit on the edge of my bed and send me to sleep with his stories. I best remember the tale of him sailing the high seas in a boat called the Flamingo. His captain was a smelly man called Beamish. Dad bought uniforms for the motley crew, to make them look more professional, but the order got mixed-up and they all came on deck dressed like captains. Then Beamish, or somebody, set the boat on fire and that was the end of that adventure. My dad was an old man and he’d lived a sensational life. His name was Billy Hill and, in his day, he was Britain’s criminal mastermind.

More than twenty years before he told me bedtime stories, dad published his autobiography, Boss of Britain’s Underworld . This is his story of a life of crime and punishment and his ruthless rise to the top of his profession. The book came out in the middle of dad’s feud with Jack Spot, his rival for the underworld crown. I think it was a smart piece of criminal public relations, designed to reinforce his position as Gangster Number One. It’s also an entertaining read, giving the reader some insight into what made Billy Hill tick. For the past fifty years this book has been quoted in every British true crime history of the period. Some writers have ripped it off to pad out their own largely inaccurate books: the sort of behaviour my dad would have called ‘taking a liberty’. Copies of the 1955 edition are rare and can fetch more than £200 on EBay. I am pleased to reissue the original text so that you can enjoy this slice of history.

Billy Hill writes about an extraordinary life of crime and punishment and his rise to the top of Britain‘s gangland. This book details Billy‘s sensational heists in the 1950’s, for which no one was ever convicted. It’s an entertaining read,giving the reader insight into what made Billy tick. ‘Boss of Britain’s Underworld’caused a media storm when Read more »