Married To The Guv’nor
Valerie, born in the East End of London, first met Len when she was seventeen and he was twenty. He was a good-looking young man with an ever-widening reputation as a tearaway and a fighter. She was very aware of this but behind his veil of outward arrogance and aggression she saw a humorous and vulnerable side to him that few others were allowed to glimpse.
She tells of watching him fight for money, from early bouts in a fairground booth and a gypsy camp to the famous ‘third’ fight with Roy Shaw. She describes Lenny’s schemes and scams and his fierce protection of the weak. More poignantly she remembers the many attempts on his life, and the cloud that hung over the whole family as he faced a murder charge that threatened his sanity.
Then, finally she writes movingly about those last months, as together they faced his approaching death. Above all, she remembers Len’s boyish humour, sense of honour and the all-abiding love he had for ‘his Val’.
Condition: Good. A book that has been read but is in good condition. No obvious damage to the book cover. No highlighting of text, no writing in the margins, and no missing pages.
Author: Valerie McLean & Peter Gerrard